Do you know your McQueen from your Givenchy? Join William Banks-Blaney AKA WilliamVintage in dissecting and detailing key vintage couture through a talk on his new book, 25 Dresses.
Through his selection of 25 iconic vintage dresses, William Banks-Blaney tells the history of twentieth-century couture, the fashion designers who created the dresses and the women who wore them. From Fortuny to Dior to Mugler, the inspiration behind each dress is considered – whether that be Classic statuary, Secessionist architecture or fetish wear – as well as its legacy within contemporary fashion, thus determining each dress’s place within fashion history.
William spends his life sourcing vintage couture. Accompanied by exquisite photography of what are arguably the finest examples of each of these landmark designers, and bolstered by fashion plates contemporary to the selected pieces, 25 Dresses is the distillation of the knowledge and skill that William employs every day when fitting the world’s most beautiful dresses to today’s women.
WilliamVintage was founded in 2009 by William Banks-Blaney, an interior designer who has always loved vintage clothing. Seeing a gap in the market for an edited, exacting source of the world’s best vintage clothing and haute couture the ascent of WilliamVintage has proved his instincts right. Christened ‘The Vintage King’ by Vogue and named as both Global Style Ambassador to American Express and Fashion Patron of Oxfam, William has become a powerful voice in the industry. www.williamvintage.com
The book ‘Twenty-Five Dresses’ is available for purchase from the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition shop and online shop.
Price £15 / £12 students includes entry to Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic plus an invitation to the book signing and drinks reception at 7:30pm
Images from left to right:
Pink dress illustration ©Les Editions Jalou, L’Officiel, 1957
Mannequin images ©WilliamVintageFrequently Asked Questions