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The best design museums are places where people can learn about the objects and designs that have shaped our world. We’re familiar with famous examples such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but there are many others across the globe—from Berlin to Toronto—worth visiting. The Design Museum, London The London Design Museum’s eagerly anticipated new home opened in High Street Kensington late last year, a striking Grade II* listed building—once the Commonwealth Institute—that offers three...

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It’s no secret that high-quality designer goods will retain their monetary value if maintained well, but can high-end fashion also serve as a trusty investment? Here we look into whether it is worth investing in Haute Couture. It’s exclusive, custom-made for each client, and handcrafted with the highest quality fabrics and materials. Haute couture has seen a dramatic increase in interest from the international market, with high-profile vintage auctions making front-page news and designers such...

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The exquisite designs and rich silks used to create the famous Hermès shawls and scarves make these works of art highly collectable. The Hermès show at Paris fashion week (March 2016) unveiled a new, modern day minimalist collection, paired with the luxury the brand is best known for. Hermès is not fashion for exhibitionists but for those who value superior craftsmanship, classic style and opulence. For a brand that is perhaps best known for its...

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For 100 years British Vogue has led the way with its cutting-edge fashion and beauty coverage, as well as becoming a platform for some of the world’s leading photographers. Often toted as ‘the fashion bible’, Vogue was launched in 1892 thanks to Arthur Turnure, who funded the weekly publication in the U.S. The aim was to feature fashion and social affairs celebrating ‘the ceremonial side of life’, targeting debutantes and affluent Americans. The American Vogue...

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From elaborate 18th-century ball gowns to cutting-edge designs worn by the likes of Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani, a unique collection of wedding dresses traces the changes in traditional wedding attire over the past 300 years. Shimmering with thousands of hand-stitched golden sequins, Kate Moss’s wedding gown, the creation of fashion designer John Galliano, takes centre stage at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s wedding dresses exhibition. Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 toured Australia, New Zealand and Singapore,...

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 Italian fashion has always been immensely influential in terms of chic style, which has made these couture and ready-to-wear items desirable and collectable.  It’s 12 February 1951 and the stage is set for an event that will transform the face of fashion forever. A select group of American buyers and journalists are gathered in attendance at a Florentine villa belonging to Count Giovanni Battista Giorgini. A handful of models – some of whom are members...

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With the exhibition ‘Dior: The Legendary Images—Great Photographers and Dior’, the Christian Dior Museum continued to explore the ties between the world’s most renowned artists and the House of Dior. In the post-war years, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Clifford Coffin established the canons of Christian Dior’s iconographic signature. Then, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henry Clarke, Peter Knapp, Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton built on Dior’s vision of women to create an...

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Vintage Gucci and other designer labels now lead an important and buoyant new category for collectors—vintage couture. Before the rest of the world rediscovered vintage couture, the market existed as a small, intimate group of passionate collectors. This market was restricted to those in fashion circles, and those of a certain social calibre. However, times have changed, and demand is now high from a wide range of fashion- hungry individuals. It seems no one can...

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Catherine André is the story of a woman and her success; the story of knits and colours… In just 15 years, Catherine André has placed her brand amongst the most elite, bearing her name amongst the upmarket French fashion designers whilst gaining recognition across four continents. After setting up the business on her own in 1995, designer Catherine André now runs, together with her husband Jean-Luc Roualdes, a company that employs 27 people in Millau,...

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Brioni has been synonymous with style since 1945. Celebrating its 65th year of exceptional tailoring, it continues to be as simultaneously innovative and traditional as ever. The creativity involved in realising a Brioni garment is almost an art form: it takes between 18 and 22 hours to make one suit, with a different worker dedicated to each of the 220 steps required. Up to 7,000 stitches are sewn by hand for each jacket, depending on...

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