"Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950" at The V&A
Posted on December 18 2012
If youre looking for some frills and thrills to keep the winter blues at bay, or for some outfit inspiration for this seasons 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. Designers 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 McQueens final collection, Vivienne Westwoods romantic interpretation of a debutante ball gown and Cindy Beadmans 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+As general collection of garments, some are so far beyond vintage theyre actually antique. Look out for the black Chanel sparkly evening trouser suit (1937), cream silk, velvet and Arctic fox fur jacket (1885), The 20s 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 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. 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 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.