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Golden age provides precious inspiration

In the dark winter months of last year, I decided to treat myself to a visit to the V&A museum in London to visit The Golden Age of Couture exhibition.

This was a fashion fix of the most wonderful kind. It really picked me up ready for the February selling season.

I’ve never met the Queen, so it was fascinating to see the gowns she wore just before she was crowned. What a tiny waist she had.

Alongside these were gowns worn by Princess Margaret when she was still a girl. They were more modest and formal compared with the other ones in the exhibition which had been made for her later in her life, which were very chic and sophisticated.

No photographs were allowed, so all the talented students and fashion enthusiasts were busy sketching the dresses. I have to admit that this turned me green with envy as I never progressed beyond doodling in art classes.

It was a marvel that all of these pieces had been preserved and it was an absolute pleasure for me to see them all. It truly was a golden age.

Now the V&A is displaying the clothes – or should I say stage outfits – of The Supremes. I have been lucky enough to see Diana Ross in concert and costumes are still an integral part of her show. When I saw her she dived off stage into a small marquee and changed outfits numerous times.

A trip down to London to see The Supremes’ clothes is another treat in store for me. It will also serve as a reminder of why I love this business so much and how lucky I am to have a career in it.

Clare Morgan runs the Clamor Fashion Agency in Wilmslow, Cheshire

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