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Couture exhibit at the VA

BernaWeaves | Posted in General Discussion on

Here’s a lovely website for inspiration.


It’s an exhibit of couture clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Enjoy, Berna.


  1. jatman | | #1

    Hi BernaWeaves!  Thank you for posting that site.  I am printing out the dress pattern right now.  They also have a companion book to this exhibit.  I'm hoping the stuff from this site is in the book which is available at the V&A and also at Amazon.

    Thank you for sharing the site!


    ETA:  Oops - spoke too soon.  Looks like you can't print the pattern but can print the directions (!).  I will keep checking back for the dress!

    ETA:  Looks like they have fixed the link and you can print the dress pattern now!

    Edited 10/2/2007 11:44 am ET by jatman

    Edited 10/2/2007 12:10 pm ET by jatman

    Edited 10/4/2007 8:04 am ET by jatman

    1. jatman | | #2

      Is anyone out there going to try to make the dress that is offered as part of this exhibit?  It's a vintage day dress by Horrockses Fashion (this doesn't ring a bell with me but may to someone else).  The dress looks really cute and I'd love to see it made up.  I may do it after the first of the year but not before the holidays.  Too bad this wasn't posted early enough to be part of Pattern Review's vintage contest.  Which, by the way, is really impressive.  They are allowing you to vote until October 10th for the winner.  It will be hard because there are some that are really incredible.

      If anyone does decide to make this dress, would you let me know how easy or difficult it is?

      Thank you,



      1. Cherrypops | | #3

        Hi JT,

        I have saved the patterns also. You will probably have yours made before I do. I agree it is a cute dress.

        http://www.cleo.net.uk/followtheyarn/timeline/horrocks_1946.html : click on the link on this page and you will get a .pdf file -- The story of Horrockses Fashions Limited.

        http://vintagefashionfiles.typepad.com/vintage_style_files/2007/04/index.html : scroll down to April 05 2007, there is a little info and photos of other dresses by Horrockses Fashions.

        thanks for reminding me about pattern review haven't been over there in a while.


        1. jatman | | #4

          Hi CherryPops!

          Thank you for both of those sites!  I've printed off the info from the first one and I will be bookmarking the second.  After looking at it I remembered that earlier this year I had gone to the V&A museum and while there I bought a book called Floral Frocks by Rosemary Harden and Jo Turney.  I just pulled the book off the shelf and looked at it and there referenced on several pages is Horrockses Fashions!  I bet there are 20 of their dresses referenced in that book.  So much for retaining what I read.  Good thing there wasn't a test.

          I was really impressed with all of the entries for the Vintage Contest on Pattern Review.  If I sew this dress up, I'll let you know how it goes.


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