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Author Davies-Strodder, Cassie.

Title London society fashion 1905-1925 : the wardrobe of Heather Firbank / Cassie Davies-Strodder, Jenny Lister and Lou Taylor.

Imprint London : V & A Publishing, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    391.00941 DAV    In Transit
Description 160 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 28 cm
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Summary Over 80 years ago, Heather Firbank packed away her extensive collection of fine clothes, bought from London's very best dressmakers and tailors. These treasures lay undiscovered for the next 30 years, until after her death, they were given to the V&A, laying the foundations for the Museum's world-famous collection. Firbank was an enthusiastic shopper and bought her clothes from the world's leading couture houses, including Lucile, Redfern and Mascotte, as well as private dressmakers and department stores. Her collection forms an invaluable record of fashionable Edwardian taste over a period of some 15 years. Beautifully illustrated with new photography of finely crafted evening gowns, tailored suits and glamorous hats, the book also features contemporary photographs and pages from Heather's own albums of fashion cuttings. It vividly maps out the London couture scene of Edwardian Britain, and charts changes in fashion through the tumultuous first decades of the twentieth century. Through the story of Heather's own life, both joyous and troubled, this book celebrates the central role of clothing in creating a single woman's identity.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 157) and index.
Contents Introduction -- A splendid crescendo of luxury : childhood and the Firbank family, 1901-8 -- The social whirl : a society wardrobe for the Season, 1908-10 -- Discretions, indiscretions and nonconformity in society London, 1910-14 -- Wartime and after : a retreat from society, 1914-24 -- Heather Firbank and London's couture industry -- Conclusion -- Appendix : Heather Firbank garments in UK collections.
Subject Firbank, Heather, 1888-1954.
Fashion -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century.
Clothing and dress -- England -- London -- 20th century.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Added Author Lister, Jenny (Museum curator)
Taylor, Lou.
ISBN 9781851778317

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