I just adore the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and many times when I had to go to London on business, I stayed at a hotel just down the street and stopped by the Museum in the evenings. I am on their e-mail list and today got the announcement of their new show "The Golden Age of Couture in Paris & London, 1947 -1957". The show runs from September 22, 2007 to January 6, 2008.
There are lots of gallery talks, conferences and conversations associated with this exhibit, and many of them are free or rather inexpensive. Ozwald Boateng is speaking and there are screenings of "Funny Face" and "The Devil Wears Prada". The Golden Age of Couture was launched by Christian Dior and celebrated the end of the Second World War.
The clothes of that era are defined by their incredible tailoring, their incredible details and the new look that ushered in a new prosperous life across much of Europe. If you scroll through the pages here, you will find a wealth of information about that bygone age.