Friday, March 9, 2012


Press Release

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Atsuko Kudo, worn by Georgia Frost with dresses by Hardy Amies and Worth of London,
2011. (Photo by Carlos Jimenez, V&A Images)

Victoria and Albert Museum

19 May 2012 - 6 January 2013

London, UK - From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Displayed over two floors, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.

The exhibition will cover over sixty 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.

Alexander McQueen, S/S 2011. (Photo by Christopher Moore/Catwalking)

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.

Source: V&A

Victor Edelstein, 1986 (Photo by David Hughes)

Worth of London (Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Erdem, A/W 2008. (Photo by David Hughes)

State evening ensemble 'Elvis Dress', 1989, Catherine Walker. (Photo courtesy of Victoria and Albert
Museum, London)

Roksanda Ilincic silk dress, S/S 2009. (Photo by Christopher Moore,

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Opening times
10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

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