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Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 - V&A

Ballgowns

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will be on display in the Fashion Galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum from May 19, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

The V&A is celebrating the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.

The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish.

Evening wear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

A selection of royal ballgowns will be on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals.

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will also include dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.

For tickets, visit www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/ballgowns/ballgowns-visitor-and-ticket-information/.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL