Last Friday I visited the V&A to finally see the Ballgowns Exhibition, ‘British Glamour since the 1950’s’, which is running until the 6th January.
I was looking forward to seeing the new fashion space after it’s make-over and I do think that the grand mezzanine floor is a wonderful addition. In particular the dome ceiling spaces which were used to host large scale projections of the gowns exhibited.
The downstairs floor had an air of historic elegance with music playing, gowns commissioned for royalty, including Princess Diana’s pearl embellished dress and bolero by Catherine Walker and a wonderful video of ladies modelling the latest trends from the previous decades, highlighting Britain’s ever changing Fashion culture.
Upstairs was all about red carpet glamour and showcased raw British talent with dresses exhibited by designers Gareth Pugh (above) Alexander McQueen and of course Vivienne Westwood!
I must say that I was quite disappointed to be told that no sketching was allowed inside this exhibition, as I really wanted to practice some Fashion Illustration. Understandably there was no photography allowed, but The Guardian captured the highlights, which you can view here. Apart from that I think this exhibition is well worth a visit.
Also, let’s not forget the permanent fashion displays surrounding the exhibition, here are some snippets which I photographed quickly before I headed out for dinner..