Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Belle of the ball at the V&A

After googling fashion events to see if there was anything interesting going on in London at the moment I came across an exhibition currently on at the V&A on ballgowns.  Now pretty much every women/girl I know loves to play dress up and become the belle of the ball for one day/night by fashioning a very special full length gown. 

The exhibition, which actually opened in May and is on until January, takes over 40 rooms at the V& A museum and is displaying not only beautiful ballgowns but also dazzling red carpet evening dress warn by the stars and breath-taking catwalk showstoppers showcased by the fash pack.

Displayed over two floors the exhibition showcases British glamour since 1950 and feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights. You will see designs from the likes of Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhoses, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, alongside dress fresh from catwalk shows like Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.  There is also be a selection of royal ballgowns on display including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princes Diana's 'Elvis Dress' designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today's young royals.  ALongside the royal gowns you will also see dresses worn by actresses and celebrities like Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock.

This sounds like one not to be missed for the true fashionista.

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Alexander McQueen, S/S 2011. Image: Courtesy Christopher Moore, Catwalking

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