Ballgowns: British Glamour Since the 1950 

This spring the V&A has re-opened the newly renovated fashion galleries starting with an exhibition of ballgowns.

Displayed over 2 floors the exhibition features more than 60 designs for events originally designed for parties, royal balls state occasions and opening nights. It covers over 60 years worth of design from a range of designers including 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.

The exhibition includes a Norman Hartnell gown designed for the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals as well as dresses worn by celebtities such as Elizabeth Hurley and Sandra Bullock.

The exhibition runs from May to 6th January 2012 and more information can be found at

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