In central London, the popular Victoria and Albert Museum has an on-going fashion exhibit located on the first floor, near the museum entrance. The exhibit explores fashion history dating back to the 1800s until the late 1900s. The exhibit helps viewers understand how the 1930s-90s has inspired the new millennium —-the “NOW” era’s fashion choices and inspirations.
Perusing through the displays we learn that modernity (modern woman) style scales back to the 40s, in these time the women wore high waist knit underwear and bathing suits. Eventually the looks shifted into the 50s with A-line dresses that shaped curvaceous women and sleek, sophisticated gowns that draped a women’s silhouette with grace. Lastly, the 60s and 70s were all about hot pants, tailored suits (for women) “hippie” billowy sleeved mini and long dresses and sparkly tops with ruffles; these looks were displayed on class act entertainers like: Prince, Jimmy Hendrix, and Diana Ross.
Caption: comparison from V&A and the Other Boleyn Girl
Furthermore, an analysis of the baroque section of the exhibit correlates with the way costume designers constructed wardrobe era pieces for films like: Anna Karenina, and The Other Boleyn Girl to name a couple.
To view this exhibit ad more visit the museum on your next trip to London and check out their website V&Amuseum for more information.