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Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than 60 ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.
Catherine Walker, State Evening Ensemble 'Elvis Dress'
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The exhibition will cover over 60 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, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.
A selection of royal ballgowns will be 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. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will also include 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.
What the critics say
If you like a properly made frock and hanker, even just a little, for the days when a big night out meant long, silk gloves and a Dubonnet rather than T-shirts and cheap vodka, it will have you swooning with delight.
The show displays a vast array of specially made designs for social events like debutante balls, royal state occasions and red carpet events spanning 60 years.