The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is the only venue in the United States for an acclaimed traveling exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s
world-renowned costume collection. The show, which opened in London in 2007 and has been seen in Australia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, centers on the glamorous decade of Paris and London couture between the launch of Christian Dior’s famous “new look” in 1947 and his death in 1957. In addition to apparel by Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Amies, Hartnell, and others, the show includes photographs by Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn. The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London, 1947–1957·
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville · to September 12 · www.fristcenter.org
Photo: Silk taffeta evening dress by Cristõbal Balenciaga, 1953–1954. Victoria and Albert Museum, gift of C. Coombe © V&A Images.