We came up the elevator from the Couture exhibit and when we rounded the corner, this huge lighted blue and green tower greeted us. First thing I uttered was "Wow".
The Chihuly part of the exhibit was a bonus to what we really went to see and that was the golden age of Couture. The following statement was made in the brochure:"The launch of Chiristian Dior's `New Look in 1947 marked the beginning of a momentous decade in fashion history, one that Dior himself called the "Golden Age". Celebrating the end of the war and the birth of a new era, it set a standard for dressmaking and high fashion that has rarely been surpassed. In Paris, couture houses such as Balenciaga, Balmain, and Fath attracted worldwide attention for elegance and glamour. "
This photo(Balenciaga gown ,1955 Paris, silk taffeta) also came from a brochure as no camera are allowed. There were 221 displays in several rooms ranging from textiles, embroidery, underwear,and other accessories, tailoring, Ready-to-Wear, designers, evening and ballgowns to photography and illustrations. Needless to say we spend several hours admiring and examining the designs. To me the clothes took on a romantic nature when hats and gloves were worn and shoes and bags matches. My favorite was Victor Stiebel's evening dress, 1955 London, silk given by Lady Diana Herbert. She wore it far a ball at Wilton House.
The top of the Union Station is visible as it sits beside the museum.