Golden Glamour For the V&A

25th Feb 2018


We crafted art-deco-inspired gold-lacquered mannequins for the Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition at the V&A which focuses on the golden age of ocean travel. The inspiration came from the era’s extravagant interiors, such as Jean Dunand’s Les Sports, the five-metre-high gold lacquered wall panel from the first-class smoking room on the Normandie - the greatest Art Deco liner and a showcase of French design.


The, customised mannequins adorn by the deck area in the ‘Life on Board’ section which displays clothing worn by the fashion-forward first-class passengers. Poolside ensembles include a transatlantic-friendly two-piece by Emilio Pucci, along with a beautifully impractical yellow-knit number, retailed by Finnigans Ltd.


Overlooking the deck area, poised mannequins make their way down the ship’s grande descente - the dramatic staircase that enabled women to make a glamorous entrance into the dining room. The luxurious eveningwear includes Paul Poiret's revolutionary Harem trousers and a silk evening cloak which gracefully skims the elegant figure.


The exhibition continues to explore the wardrobes of the rich and famous voyagers, such as Marlene Dietrich’s charcoal Christian Dior suit - a design which epitomised Dior’s revolutionary “new look”. Jeanne Lanvin’s exquisitely beaded flapper dress, worn by American socialite Emilie Grigsby, also makes an appearance. The ‘Salambo’ design is cleverly supported by the cross-legged mannequin which bears the weight of the heavily beaded dress.


The V&A's Lilia Prier Tisdall, Textile Conservation Display Specialist, commented: “Once again, Proportion has combined their exceptional creativity and excellent customer service to deliver a stunning set of figures that contributed hugely to achieving our vision for this exhibition.”


Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, sponsored by Viking Cruises, runs until June 17, 2018, at the V&A:


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