I must confess to suffering from a severe case of anglomania. As a child, I read so many British books, I had difficulty spelling in an American fashion. My ipod feeds me a constant stream of Kate Nash, Mumford & Sons and Queen. After consuming all the Doctor Who, Masterpiece Theater and Agatha Christie mysteries available on Netflix, I've started watching a documentary about fifteen centuries of monarchy. While the French have long been hailed for their fashion prowess, it is the British designers who know how to get my heart racing.
In 2006, the Costume Institute's exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion, the primary focus of which being the romantic ideal of Englishness. As with all of their annual exhibits, they published a commemorative book of the same name. Set in period rooms with murals, art, and furniture pulled from great English houses, AngloMania displayed clothing from the eighteenth century (when Voltire popularized the term) through the modern era on dramatically posed and propped mannequins.
|Dress by John Galliano for Christian Dior.|
|Queen Victoria's mourning dress. Other clothing by Alexander McQueen.|
|Gowns by John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.|