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Ballgowns :British Glamour Since 1950 an exhibition

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Ballgowns-British-Glamour-since-1950-VA-London.

Ballgowns :British Glamour Since 1950, as well as going to the Tate to see the Pre Raphaelites Jessie also went to the wonderful V&A museum, were she saw the exhibition.  Jess said the exhibition was stunning and was excited at the way the ballgowns were displayed; you will see how in the photos. As well as evening wear from the V&A’s own collection, by designers such asVictor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, the exhibition also included ballgowns and dresses by Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

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

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The Carwash by Giles Deacon.

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Another gown from the exhibition.

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Ballgowns-British-Glamour-since-1950-VA-London.

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Ballgowns-British-Glamour-since-1950-VA-London.

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Ballgowns-British-Glamour-since-1950-VA-London.

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Ballgowns-British-Glamour-since-1950-VA-London.

Jess was so animated in showing me all the images and info she got from the exhibition I couldn’t  help but be inspired. After seeing all those wonderful ballgowns I went on to create the figurine Winters Dance, and there are probably more dresses to come.

Winter's dance

Winter’s dance.

This was Jess’s favourite dress.

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Jess’ fav dress of the exhibition.

After such an exhausting perusal, Jess and her friend Bethany had afternoon tea in the wonderful V&A café. Of  course I’m not jealous ; )

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The afternoon tea.

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Huh, what was there to be jealous of?

To find out more, visit the V & A website at www.vam.ac.uk

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