Friday 17 October 2014
British couturiers Ralph & Russo were the subject of the V&A’s Autumn 2014 Fashion in Motion. Comprising creative director Tamara Ralph and CEO Michael Russo, Ralph & Russo are known for creating opulent handcrafted garments. In 2013 the brand received a rare invitation from France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and are now the only British label to show on the official Paris Haute Couture Week schedule.
Ralph & Russo, who cite influences including interior
photographer Massimo Listri and the heyday of couture during the 1940s
and 1950s, selected favourite looks for inclusion in the catwalk
shows at the V&A. The audiences saw exquisite dresses
and ensembles characterised by elegance and timelessness and a
spectacular wedding dress finale, complementing the V&A
exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014.
Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo said:
"It’s a pleasure to be featured as part of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion series. The Museum’s collection features the finest examples of artisanal craft and design, and these are essential elements of our work. We are looking forward to presenting the pieces to the public."
Oriole Cullen, Fashion in Motion curator, said:
"It is always thrilling to see the work of haute couture designers up close, so we are delighted to welcome Ralph & Russo to our Fashion in Motion programme. Their garments represent the height of sartorial craftsmanship and I’m sure the V&A audience will enjoy the opportunity to see these dramatic pieces first hand in the Museum galleries."
Video: Fashion in Motion: Ralph & Russo Highlights
Video: Fashion in Motion Ralph & Russo: Behind the Scenes
Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion events presented against the unique backdrop of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings the excitement and spectacle of the high fashion catwalk to a wide audience.