The Timeless Glamour of Ballgowns


WHAT: Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

WHEN: May 19 – January 6 2013

WHERE: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London


Ballgowns are something that everyone fantasises about no matter what their age. Starting from May 2012, the Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating the opening of their newly renovated Fashion Galleries within an exhibition of ballgowns that will take your breath away. You will get the chance to see ballgowns, red carpet dresses, exclusive designer dresses and royal attire. As we’re in the midst of Awards season at the moment, it is a chance to look back and celebrate the elegant dresses of the past and look to the future of British design.

Featuring an array of more than sixty designs; Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature a diverse collection of clothes designed by the likes of Zandra Rhodes and Jonathan Saunders. But don’t think they have forgotten the catwalk or the red carpet; dresses by designers such as Giles Deacon, Jenny Packham and the late Alexander McQueen will be displayed as well. Even some celebrities have donated their dresses including Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock and Bianca Jagger.

The exhibition will take you on a journey through the last sixty years of British design and will look to the past as well as to the future. Innovative designer Gareth Pugh has created an eye catching metallic leather dress especially for the exhibition, so this is your chance to see it before anyone else.

The V&A is renowned for its exhibitions and their exclusive collection of evening wear will be displayed in all its glory for the exhibition running time. If you’re not going to be able to make fashion week this year, then ensure you don’t miss out on this rare exhibition. As the V&A is so close to Knightsbridge, a trip to Harrods or to one of the other exclusive designer stores along this road might be in order after you’ve visited the exhibition. 

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