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April 8, 2013 / magickittenblogs

Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 at the V&A

ImageJust after Christmas, and before the New Year, the Neilan family took a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to visit the Ballgowns exhibition.

From debutantes and royalty to charity balls and the red carpet, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 charts 60 years of stylish evening wear.  The exhibition highlights the styles, silhouettes and colours that have been perennial favourites for many years.

Now, of course, I couldn’t take any photos in the exhibition itself, but suffice to say some of the gowns were absolutely stunning.  There was a wonderful cream pearl-encrusted number worn by Diana for a state visit to Hong Kong, but also some fabulous evening gowns created to be worn at private balls; I think we decided that, for the historical gowns, the 1950s were the best decade.

Upstairs, on the mezzanine, were the contemporary gowns.  Some of these were just extraordinary, mainly designed for film stars and red carpet appearances.  The one I gravitated to first in fact had long flowing trousers rather than a skirt, and was worn by Helen Mirren – incredibly stylish and sophisticated.

In the rest of the fashion gallery, my eye was drawn first to the Christian Dior accessories (see above) and gown (see below), and then to the most beautiful Alexander McQueen draped dress (see below).  I felt felt these were the most wonderfully flattering styles, no matter what size/shape the person wearing them.  One day, I shall wear Dior (and not just the perfume).

Dior Gown.McQueen dress



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