HKUST organized a tour this last Saturday to see a terrific exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum called "The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957".
It’s a brilliant exhibition. Photography is not allowed inside, but here’s what it’s about (from the website) :
This exhibition focuses on post-war couture during a decade (1947–1957) that Christian Dior described as the "Golden Age" of fashion. Drawn mainly from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections of French and British fashion and photography, it explores the creative, social and commercial aspects of this highly traditional and luxurious craft industry and analyses its legacy.
Starting in Paris under the German occupation and the impact of the "New Look" that emerged in 1947, the exhibition examines the world and history of couture: its designers, fashion houses, models and clients and its introduction into popular fashion. Highlighting the works of the masters and legends of fashion such as Christian Dior, Crist辆bal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy in Paris and their London counterparts Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies, it traces one of the most glamorous and remarkable decades in fashion history. More than 100 dresses will be on display, including daywear, cocktail and evening dresses made for the high society and royalty, alongside photographs by renowned fashion photographers Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon and documentary film, textiles and archive material.
There are alot of other interesting exhibitions at the HK Heritage Museum. Here’s from the “New Territories Heritage Hall’” about the emergence of HK’s New Territories.
As well as a heritage hall about Cantonese opera:
There were fun games to play scattered around for kids. Being one, I allowed myself to go ahead and make myself into a Chinese Opera character:
Anyways, it’s a interesting fun museum. If you’re living in HK and have time during the weekend, it might be nice to stop over while they have a nice visiting exhibition running.