Last night I was lucky to be invited to the launch of the Style & Splendour Exhibition, hosted at Lyon & Turnbull. The selling exhibition shows fashion photography of Dior fashions from LIFE magazine, taken by Mark Shaw in 50s/60s. Jewellery from the period is also displayed alongside the prints.

Dior Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition

I’ve taken a few photos of my favourite prints and pieces for you to see. Prices range from £40 to £12 000.

Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition
A model wearing Dior’s Soirée cubaine dress, Autumn-Winter 1955, Haute Couture collection Y line. (See full print at the bottom)

Mark Shaw was one of the first photographers to use colour for runway and behind the scenes at shows. These prints are all between 1952 – 1962.

Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition

My favourite print from the Style & Splendour Exhibition is of Gitta Schilling, wearing Dior’s romantic dress in the 1960s. Gitta was discovered in Berlin walking down a local parade and ended up being one of the most sought after models in the world.

Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition
Gitta Schilling wears Dior’s Romance dress, Spring-Summer 1960, Haute Couture collection, Silhouette de demain line. (See full print at the bottom)

The most interesting piece of jewellery is this diamond and ruby set ribbon bracelet. It feels delicate yet heavy, on the clasp ‘Valerie’ is engraved possibly having a love story in its past.

Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition

I would urge you to take a look at this beautiful exhibition if nothing else, the prints are limited edition and capture the period of time perfectly.

Lyon & Turnbull's Style & Splendour Exhibition
Sophie Malgat wears Dior in the Jardin d’Hiver of Christian Dior’s Home, 1953.

Style & Splendour: Fashion Photography and Jewellery of the 1950s and 60s

WHEN  11 February – 23 February 2019 | Weekdays 10.30am to 5 pm | Saturdays 12-4 | closed Sundays

WHERE Lyon & Turnbull, 22 Connaught Street, London, W2 2AF

Mia Middleton

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Contributing columnist Mia L Middleton brings an insight to an influencer’s life in London. Her lifestyle column gives you access to everything exclusive in and around London. See inside the private parties you’ve always wanted to attend, the luxury hotels, spas and member’s clubs where London’s exclusive are pampered as well as the best hot-spot restaurants and bars. Be sure to follow her on Instagram as well for live updates!

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