Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed The WorldCan a dress really change the world? Well, perhaps not in an ‘ending famine and promoting world peace‘ kind of way, but there are plenty of  iconic dresses which represent turning points in culture and society over the past century.

The Design Museum’s Fifty Dresses That Changed The World is a fascinating and entertaining little book which is packed with design classics spanning the 20th Century and slightly beyond.

There are those dresses which everyone knows: Marilyn‘s iconic white dress, Audrey Hepburn‘s black Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Princess Diana’s wedding dress and even Cher‘s Moonstruck dress from the Oscars. There are dresses which represent new ideas of liberation in fashion, such as Chanel’s flapper dresses of the ’20s and Vionnet’s bias cut dresses of the 1930s, and dresses which reflect the changing times: like Mary Quant’s iconic minidress and the topless dress of Rudy Gernreich.

Fifty Dresses That Changed The World is a lovely book filled with modern design classics and beautiful photography. The perfect to keep on your coffee table (or in your bathroom) for whenever you have a spare five minutes and want to dip into some contemporary design classics.

About the Design Museum:

The Design Museum’s mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics and architecture to industrial design and is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture.

The Design Museum’s Fifty Dresses That Changed the World is priced at £12.99 / US$20.00

Princess Diana's revenge dress

Mary Quant's mini dress

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

  1. CutandChicVintage (@cutandchic)

    The Design Museum was one of my favorite places to go when I lived in London and I’d recommend anyone who hasn’t already been to pay a visit. They have an adorable little gift shop as well! This book looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

    • vilvintage Post author

      I totally agree! The Design Museum, along with the London Aquarium, is one of my favourite London haunts! I can totally recommend this book. The also do ’50 shoes that changed the world’ too…


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