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.
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.
This was Jess’s favourite dress.
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 ; )
To find out more, visit the V & A website at www.vam.ac.uk