Fashion in Motion: Catherine Walker

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world.

Largely self-taught, designer Catherine Walker has been influenced by the work of British photographer John French and by the technique and spirit of traditional French couturiers such as Madeleine Vionnet. One of the few couturiers living and working in London, Walker has created a couturier's atelier along traditional lines with a team of dedicated, skilled seamstresses, tailors, and embroiderers.

Walker's early work is closely associated with her glamorous designs for Diana, Princess of Wales. Throughout her career, Walker has sought to elongate the line of the body by focusing on lengthening the torso. She has also used delicate handwork such as embroidery and beading to achieve striking effects in her evening wear.

Left to right: long black and white dress, black dress with one shoulder, black halter neck dress with cutaway panels, ripped red dress
Fashion in Motion: Catherine Walker, 2001. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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