Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

19 May 2012 - 6 January 2013

Get set for next summer (I know you are thinking about Christmas but trust me the sun will appear again quicker than you think) as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition that I am beyond excited about which traces the evolution of eveningwear Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950


There will be SIXTY dresses covering SIXTY years of British designs that have previously been worn and designed by some of the fashion icons of our time at events such as royal balls, state occasions and private parties - plus I love that the dresses will start with ones from the 1950s. It is very easy to think that iconic dresses began with that (frankly awful) Versace safety pin dress as worn by Elizabeth Hurley in 1994 but actually the Queen Mother wore amazing gowns designed by Norman Hartnell that will also be in this exhibition. 

They will appear alongside dresses worn by Princess Diane, Sandra Bullock and Bianca Jagger and ones designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem, Giles Deacon and Alexander McQueen. So pop 19th May 2012 in your diary as there is sure to be a queue.


Model Georgia Frost poses in a lace print latex ballgown by Atsuko Kudo to launch Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 at the V&A. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe)

As Oriole Cullen, who curated the exhibition said: "Since the 1950s, occasions for wearing formal attire have evolved from the private event to the public parade."

The exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, sponsored by Coutts, will be at the V&A from 19 May 2012 to 6 January 2013 (admission will be £10). http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/ballgowns/

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