Monday, 24 September 2012

A Touch of Glamour at the V&A

Alexander McQueen's Feather Dress

On our way to the London Design Festival on Thursday, me and my good friend Nadine couldn't resist stopping off at the V&A to see the decadent and glamourous exhibition Ballgowns - British Glamour Since 1950, a magnificent display of evening wear ranging from the debutante balls of the 1950s right up to the celebrity strewn red carpet gowns papped by the paparazzi today.  It was a chance to wallow in style and see up close and personal some of the splendid creations of designers such as Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, Bellville Sassoon, Bill Gibb, Bruce Oldfield, Vivienne Westwood and the famous 'Elvis' dress worn by Princess Diana and designed by Catherine Walker.   We were surprised to see though that even on these  designer made garments we saw the odd twisted and puckered seam. 

Silk satin and beaded 'Rumina' gown by Erdem

Princess Diana's Elvis Dress by Catherine Walker 1989

No photography allowed of course but got some shots in the accompanying exhibition, a look at men and women's fashions and accessories of the 20th Century.

Can't resist a good shoe - Shoes by Roger Vivier

Beaded Bag from the 1920s

Ensemble from Vivienne Westwood's Buffalo Collection A/W 1982/3

Knitted Woollen Dress by John Galliano 1984

Coat and dress by Alexander McQueen containing digital prints from a German Altarpiece


Crimplene Mini dresses by Mary Quant - loved the zips down the front - I do remember my mum making me some mini dresses with big ringed zips down the front.  That was the closest I ever got to Mary Quant fashion although I do remember buying her make-up in black cases with her infamous black daisy logo.

A fabulous nostalgic journey through the fashions of the last century - highly recommended! On till 6th January 2013. 

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