Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Last week, my Mum and I went to spend a girly day in London, starting with a visit to the 'Ballgowns' exhibition at the V&A Museum. 

The exhibition is a celebration of British Glamour, and features two floors of stunning gowns from the 1950's to the present day, ranging from celebrity red carpet outfits to feminine gowns that were worn to Royal Gala Balls. 

On the lower floor, the gowns are presented in eye-catching collections of colour, giving an interesting vision of how the same colours and fabrics have been updated throughout the decades. There are also displays of vintage accessories, such as long ballroom gloves and court shoes. On the walls are painted inspiring quotes from the designers, along with a small history of couture dress making. Up the stairs is like walking into a fashion wonderland of beautiful and elegant, weird and wonderful gowns from the more modern era. The mannequins are displayed on rotating spheres and the gowns illuminated by chandeliers. 

An array of British designers were featured at the exhibition, such as David & Elizabeth Emmanuel, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson and Holly Fulton. Many of the displayed gowns had been worn by a range of celebrities, from the Queen Mother to Beyonce and everyone in between. Perhaps the most iconic dress at the exhibition was Catherine Walker's 'Elvis' Dress, which was worn by Princess Diana to the 1989 British Fashion Awards. 

Photography was prohibited at the exhibition, and a security guard kept following me around every time I got my phone out for some sneaky snaps! So I have chosen some pictures from Google Images to give you a taster of the gowns on display.

We had a lovely day and saw some really beautiful dresses. I recommend everyone going to have a look around, and whilst you're there, the fashion hall is really interesting too! The exhibition is on until 6th January 2013 and costs £10 for an adult and £7 for a student. 



  1. I went to see this exhibition last month, I absoluelty loved it. I was in awe of some of the beautiful dresses both vintage and modern. It's a great exhibtion for people who are intrested in fashion like myself.

  2. Nice dress designs. I would like to go this exhibition.
    Ball Gowns


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