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"Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950" at The V&A

Posted on December 18 2012

If you’re looking for some frills and thrills to keep the winter blues at bay, or for some outfit inspiration for this season’s special occasions, why not pop on down to the V&A to catch their Ballgowns exhibition (currently showing until Sun 6 January 2013)?  Currently showing until Sun 6 January 2013, this exhibition is packed full of elaborate and exclusive eveningwear. British Glamour Since 1950 showcases a selection of over sixty designs, presenting a collection of gowns which have graced the red carpet and been worn by royalty and celebrity alike. As time has progressed, requirements for events have evolved. Designer’s adaption in light of changing context spans from debutante balls, to the red carpet and other exciting events in between. Highlights include Princess Diana's 'Elvis Dress' designed by Catherine Walker, pieces from Alexander McQueen’s final collection, Vivienne Westwood’s romantic interpretation of a debutante ball gown and Cindy Beadman’s  pastel fairy-tale dress in quilted silk! Sartorial splendour continues upstairs with a selection ranging from Giles Deacon to Osman, Antonio Berardi and that phenomenal feather McQueen creation worn by Daphne Guinness. The exhibition is surrounded by pieces from The V+A’s general collection of garments, some are so far beyond vintage they’re actually antique. Look out for the black Chanel sparkly evening trouser suit (1937), cream silk, velvet and Arctic fox fur jacket (1885), The 20’s and “Cult of the Kimono” section (1905-1915). Catch it while you can! Ballgowns: Birtish Glamour since 1950 at The V&A Museum (Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL) until 6th January 2013 Silk dupion gown, Worth of London, about 1955. Museum no. T.214-1973. Given by Mrs Roy Hudson Beaded silk satin gown by Norman Hartnell, 1953. Museum no. T.253-1981. Given by Lilli Palmer Satin and flocked tulle gown by Vivienne Westwood. Created for Lay Bianca Job-Tyoran to wear to Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1994. Museum no. T14-1997 Satin and flocked tulle gown by Vivienne Westwood. Created for Lay Bianca Job-Tyoran to wear to Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1994. Museum no. T14-1997. Given by Lady Bianca Job-Tyoran. State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress' for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker, 1989. Museum no. T.1-2006. Given by the Franklin Mint State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress' for Princess Diana by Catherine Walker, 1989. Museum no. T.1-2006. Given by the Franklin Mint Silk satin gown by Hardy Amies, about 1950. Museum no. T.86-2001. Given by Lister Bolton. Atsuko Kudo gown worn by Georgia Frost with dresses by Hardy Amies and Worth of London. Lent by the designer. Carlos Jimenez, © V&A, 2011.