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The Reason We're in Nashville: Photography and Couture by Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga

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We've always been interested in couture—what lover of fashion isn't?—and the main reason for our Nashville sojourn is to see the Frist Center's exclusive American exhibition of the Victoria & Albert Museum's show, "The Golden Age of Couture, Paris and London 1947-1957," which opened in London in 2007 to record-breaking attendance records.

The exhibition features elaborate—and elaborately constructed—day dresses, suits, and evening gowns created in Paris and London in the decade following Dior's New Look. And while fashion exhibitions can be challenging to the imagination—how often have you been to a museum where it seems like they've just hung a bunch of dresses on mannequins?—this show comes alive with the help of legendary fashion photographs taken by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon.

For example, this Richard Avedon photograph (above) was taken in 1948 in the Marais in Paris; the image was published in Harper's Bazaar's October issue that year. In the photograph, model Elise Daniels is wearing a suit by Cristobal Balenciaga.

This precise suit is on display at the Frist Center in Nashville right now.

We don't know about you, but this kind of blows our mind.

Anyway, the exhibit opens to the public tomorrow morning, so check back then for a more extensive photo gallery here at Racked. We're heading over there right now to get more photographs.
· The Golden Age of Couture [Frist Center]

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN