Belville Sassoon at the Fashion and Textile Museum

It's glamorous and amazingly curated by Dennis Nothdruft, and if you saw any more beautiful pieces in one go, you wouldn't be able to digest them! This way you are able to linger and admire and then come back and relook at the detail. As it is, there are 100 designs and 80 dresses including outfits for Diana Princess of Wales, HRH The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Princess Alexandra. 20130918-203927.jpg

In fact David Sassoon (above, 81) who only retired in 2010, joined Belinda Belville in 1958 and together the Belville Sassoon couture label became the high society designer to wear. It was a FAVOURITE at the grand balls of the '60's and '70's, which gave way to the charity balls of today.

It was at this time, when the focus gave way from the private to the public, that Lorcan Mullany joined the label and designed the ready-to-wear collection as well as developing the association with Vogue Patterns.

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I had forgotten completely about patterns. In today's world of ready-to-wear you forget that it wasn't that long ago that you popped down to your dressmaker for your winter wardrobe. To think that you are able to make something as exquisite as this cocktail dress with draped bodice and slotted looped bow detail in lime Ziberline is mind-boggling!

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And I must admit, I was tempted just to pop a pattern in my handbag. They're selling them for £18.75 at the museum shop. Then I remembered my SEWING CLASSES...ummm ok, maybe not then!

The exhibition dates of 'The Glamour of Belville Sassoon' are 20th September to the 11th January, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm. Prices start at £5.30 for students and concessions, and £8.50 for adults.