Thursday the 14th October 2010 saw the launch of, in my opinion, the book of the year; a fashion book called Couture in the 21st Century at Harrods. The book was on sale in store during the day and the party was hosted in Ladurée, a restaurant at Harrods, Knightsbridge. A heavenly place that is responsible for the most delectable macaroons in London.
Couture in the 21st Century, by Deborah Bee, with portraits by Rankin collectively references fashion inspirations and each of their personal relationships with couture from the top designers in the world today. This includes interviews and a delve into the archives of renown designers including Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Lanvin and Jason Wu. Also known as my own personal favourites. The book includes each designer’s biography and portrait (taken by Rankin, the internationally established photographer) accompanied by images that capture the allure of couture behind the scenes at fittings and at fashion shows – The book is an ideal gift for a clothing obsessed fashionista, or an art/fashion student. Had I still be studying, I would definitely reference from it.
Ever wondered what the definition of Haute Couture is? “Strictly defined as “high sewing”, haute couture has evolved from the days when it was invented by the Chambre Syndicale de la Confection et de la Couture pour Dames et Fillettes in 1868. Back then, haute couture was the equivalent of men’s tailoring – the creation of exclusive, handmade garments, after a series of fittings, to the highest possible standard”
- BEE, Deborah (2010)
Couture in the 21st Century, London, Harrods Publishing & A&C Black Publishers LTD.
The party saw Moet champagne circling the room alongside delicious canapés, enter scallops, tempura prawns and the appetizing Ladurée macaroons in vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Add appearances from some of the iconic designers themselves including Hannah Marshall, Stephen Jones and Roland Mouret, and it has made the list as one of the top fashion parties of the year.
Couture in the 21st Century is priced at £40 and is available from Harrods, and all good book retailers, in store and online.