Starting tomorrow, London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert museum ( stages a must-see exhibition about the covetable couture from Paris and London spanning the years 1947-1957.

Running from 22nd September 2007 until 6th January 2008, The Golden Age of Couture is a stunning display of work by Parisian couturiers such as Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy, together with their London counterparts Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies.

The exhibition focuses on the secret world of couture, exploring the structure of fashion’s grand houses, the skill and craftsmanship of the ateliers and the lifestyles of the chic clientele. Illustrated with fabulous period gowns and photographs, it shows the process and inspiration behind some of the most glamorous styles of all time.

A varied program of activities and events complements the exhibition, including conferences, discussions, workshops and more. All events are free and drop-in unless otherwise stated. The V&A is now open late every Friday.

The expo is offering also a lavish book featuring images of stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, and Dior as well as evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton.