The Victoria & Albert Museum celebrate the opening of their
newly refurbished fashion galleries with a major new exhibition
celebrating British glamour. Ballgowns: British Glamour since
1950 takes a broad swipe across haute couture fashion of the
period, presenting more than sixty examples of eveningwear by
designers including Zandra Rhodes, Norman Hartnell and Victor
Stiebel. Also included are new designs, fresh from the
catwalk, from Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon and Erdem. This
exhibition is part of the V&A's season on great British
Some of the most iconic of British designs are on display; think of the dresses worn in the most celebrated of celebrity moments: Princess Diana's 'Elvis' dress, as well as garments worn by figures including Beyonce, Bianca Jagger and Liz Hurley. A stunning new dress created specifically for the exhibition has been created by Gareth Pugh.
In addition to the extensively decorated display, the museum have put together an entirely comprehensive exhibition package. A series of events are being held, including study days detailing the glamorous tradition of the ballgown, their cultural significance and how the fashions have changed over the post-war period. The V&A are also running a competition, where the winner will receive a weekend of British glamour: including a weekend's stay at Claridges, a makeover at Urban Retreat, afternoon tea at Harrod's. Beautiful to the eye, this is not one to miss.
Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 06 January.