I have just come back from a visit to the “Golden Age of Couture: 1947-57” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was packed with people, and took us almost 4 hours to go round. Having spent so long gazing at fabulous gowns and images of ladies in full 1950s glamour I feel quite shabby! I am also much more aware of my posture – good posture and elegance go hand in hand. I am also very grateful for our more comfortable fashions today – some of the frocks on show were not remotely practical (for example, in some of the cocktail dresses you could not sit down). A film of one of Dior’s models being dressed showed her being corsetted tightly to produce a tiny waist and then having padding attached to her shoulders and hips. Quite daft, I felt. On the other hand, a corset would compensate for my Christmas over-eating, and would ensure a straighter back!