Now On: The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon
As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany, dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales. This new exhibition housed at London’s Fashion & Textile Museum traces the history of British glamour from the couture houses of the late 1950s, to the celebrities who became clients of the company.
Over 150 dresses by Bellville Sassoon, several loaned by the Duchess of Cornwall, HRH The Princess Royal and HRH Princess Michael of Kent will feature in the exhibition. Two dresses owned by the late Diana, Princess of Wales can also be viewed within this extensive collection.
“Bellville Sassoon reinvented British couture in the second half of the 20th century her designs wonderfully evoke a world of debutantes, socialites, weddings and royalty,” comments Celia Joicey, head of the Fashion and Textile Museum.
In the Eighties, when Bellville retired, the company expanded into the ready-to-wear market and was widely stocked in luxury department stores abroad. In 1982, the company won a U.K. Export Award. The brand then became Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany when Mullany joined in 1987 and strengthened its partnership with Vogue patterns which is also explored and featured in the exhibition.
The Glamour of Bellville Sassoonwill run from now until January 11, 2014 at The Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF.