A day of ball gowns. High couture at the V&A

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950. All I wanted to do was pull on a pair of satin, elbow length gloves and put on my Ginger Rogers dancing shoes.

High Society, red carpet glamour, and simply beautiful couture is the must-see exhibition at the V&A London until January 2013. Pastel taffeta confections from Norman Hartnell, Worth of London, and Hardy Amies were the highly sought after designs for debutant balls, with fitted bodices swooping into floor length bell skirts.

Then came the 80s with gold lame from Zandra Rhodes and layers upon layers of tule from Vivienne Westwood.

From Norman Hartnell’s gown designed for the Queen Mum to designs straight from the catwalks of Jonathan Saunders, Giles, Deacon, Mary Katranzou, Stella McCartney, Erdem and lots, lots more…what is evident from this collection is that today’s British designers are upholding that beautiful craftsmanship which once was requested by society to find a husband, and today it is for the adoring eye of the public.
Book your tickets….

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High couture from the catwalk with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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Tropical colours with Erdem.

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Craig Lawrence, Jonathan Saunders and Ralph & Russo.

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Show-stopping favourite from Giles Deacon.

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Woven foil by Gareth Pugh.

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