Good news for fashion fans in the South West who haven’t yet managed to catch the Bellville Sassoon exhibition in London – a similar and equally fabulous display is coming to Bath Fashion Museum later this month.
Back in 2011, designer David Sassoon donated hundreds of fashion drawings from the late 1950s to the 2000s to the museum, a collection that charts the history of the Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mulanny firm which became one of London’s leading couturiers. This year’s exhibition celebrates the work of the three designers – Belinda Bellville, David Sassoon, and Lorcan Mullany – who have run the fashion house for over 50 years.
Twenty- five evening dresses have been assembled by Mr Sassoon, all which have been borrowed from Bellville Sassoon’s loyal clientele especially for the display at the Fashion Museum in Bath (and they can also currently be seen at the Fashion and Textile Museum). The display will include a pink taffeta evening dress worn by Lady Beatty at the Proust Edwardian Ball in 1971 and a steel blue satin embroidered dress from the late 1990s. The must-see centrepiece will be three ensembles designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, including the silk going-away outfit she wore as a young newlywed in 1981.
The exhibition runs from 25th January 2014 to 1st January 2015, so there’s plenty of time to catch the beautiful Bellville Sassoon pieces on display (perhaps more than once!) along with the amazing array of 18th-Century fashion on show at the museum’s Georgians exhibition, which also runs until 1st January 2015.