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V&A Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950


Unfortunately on my London trip some time before Christmas I didn't get into the Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V&A as it was so immensely popular. Luckily for us, they were also running a Ballgowns exhibit which we quickly snapped up tickets for (2 for the price of 1 with an Art Fund card and purchased on the day). I'm glad that we went for it as there was some stunningingly intricate dresses on show. My personal favourites were an Elizabeth Emanuel dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley for an Estee Lauder advertisement campaign, a Burberry dress worn by Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley and a vintage cream satin gown by Norman Hartnell which just had the loveliest pink beaded petals and leaves on the sweetheart neckline. The exhibition was split onto two floors with the more vintage pieces behind glass on the first floor  (I loved one particular display of sweet pink, frilly, bejewelled dresses) and newer designs on display up top which is where we snapped these pics. I have to say the display props on the second floor was really great, all white and greys and very neutral to not distract from the beauty of the dresses but also with these giant baubles everywhere and one mannequin artfully sitting on a giant white chandelier on the floor. It was almost like a carousel vibe, a funfair ride of exquisite gowns! It was well worth the trip and I would recommend it for anyone interested in gorgeous red carpet glamour.

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