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Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 to showcase dashing fashion

31st October 2012

A new exhibition entitled Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 is showcasing some of the best ballroom fashion at the world's greatest museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

Held to celebrate the opening of the freshly renovated Fashion Galleries, the show has been running since May 19th, 2012 and will continue until January 6th next year, giving people booking central London hotels ample opportunity to see the best beautiful ballgowns, red carpet dresses and catwalk showstoppers.

Among the 60 plus frocks on show, there is work by famed designers such as Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, whose work is already a part of the V&A collection, as well as catwalk dresses from Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.

A selection of the dresses have been worn by glamorous actresses and celebrities Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock.

The royalty will even be represented through a number of regal ballgowns, such as a Norman Hartnell number that was designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana's Elvis Dress by Catherine Walker, as well as some examples from other current, young royals.

One of the best pieces of the show, however, is a metallic leather dress that was fashioned especially for the exhibition by famed designer Gareth Pugh.

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 is open from 10:00 GMT to 17:45 GMT every day, except Fridays when people can visit until 22:00 GMT.

While at the V&A, visitors should not miss out on the array of other exciting and fascinating exhibitions, such as the Art Deco, Baroque and Renaissance collections. There is also a number of displays on geographical areas, including China, Japan and the Islamic Middle East and artistic fields, such as metalwork, jewellery and conservation.

The V&A was established in 1852 and the 4.5 million objects in its 12.5 acre space span 5,000 years of history from antiquity to the present.


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