Spanning four centuries, the V&A's Fashion Collection is the most comprehensive in the world, housing unrivalled collections of dress, accessories, shoes and hats from the seventeenth century to the present day. This concise volume perfectly encapsulates the collection, from rare eighteenth-century gowns and exquisite eighteenth-century bodices to 1930s evening wear, post-war couture and show-stopping ensembles by contemporary designers. Fashion designers represented include Charles Frederick Worth, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A. She has curated many exhibitions including Vivienne Westwood (V&A 2004) and The Golden Age of Couture (V&A 2007) and edited the accompanying books. Jenny Lister is a Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A. She co-curated the V&A exhibitions Swinging Sixties (V&A 2006), and Grace Kelly Style (V&A 2010), and co-edited the accompanying books.