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The Vintage Guide To London | February 23, 2018

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At the V&A - Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

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 features more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.

The exhibition coves over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, are on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

A selection of royal ballgowns is also 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. Additionally, the exhibition includes 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

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950
19 May 2012 – 6 January 2013
Fashion Galleries
Room 40
Admission charges will apply, ticket £10 per adult


  1. I HAVE to see this one.