For the last few days I have been working on a two new installations at the Fashion Museum in Bath. One is this years major exhibition dedicated to the Georgians (more later), the other is a new edit of the David Sassoon archive, titled A Life in Fashion: Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany. It was a joy to collaborate with David and Lorcan on this project – both two charming men. But along with the gorgeous gowns that include an embroidered Lily of the Valley design sashed with eau de nil satin from 1958 (one of the first dresses David designed on graduating from the RCA), a red bias satin slink of a gown as worn by Jerry Hall, a wool coat hand-painted by Richard Cawley and Andrew Whittle from the Rajputana collection, 1970, and an exquisite beaded Wedgewood inspired jacket that was designed for the Princess Royal, I was most thrilled to get to see the wonderful fashion illustrations from David’s archive. He has kindly donated hundreds of these to the Fashion Museum and they include colourful sketches (some with fabric swatches attached) by himself and his assistants including Cawley, Whittle and a young lady called Helen Storey. “I had some wonderful assistants,” remembers Sassoon.
A Life in Fashion: Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany, Fashion Museum, Bath – 25th January – 1 January 2015.