Wednesday, 16 May 2012

V&A Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

I was lucky enough to be one the bloggers invited by the V&A to review this exhibit. It was also my first bloggers event, which was very exciting and completely worth going for! This exhibit opens on 19th May 2012 and lasts till 6th January 2013.  Tickets are £10, which is very reasonable for viewing such exquisite creations in person. Some dresses I could not take photos of, but if you live near London, check it out for yourselves. I think these pictures speak for themselves, although they do not do it justice.

                                            Matthew Williamson, 2011, printed silk chiffon
                  Catherine Walker, 1989, Silk crepe pearls and beading, worn by Princess Diana
                                              Erdem, A/W 2008, silk satin and beading
                                         Mark Fast, S/S 2011, woven polyester with blend
                              John Galliano, S/S 2007, silk and metallic embroidery
                                          Vivienne Westwood, A/W 2011, silk satin and tulle
                                                          Giles Deacon, S/S 2007, silk
                                                  Antonio Berardi, A/W 2011, lamé
                        Ralph and Russo Couture, 2010, silk and swarowski crystals, worn by Beyonce
                                                          Gareth Pugh, 2011, leather
                          Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, A/W 2004, rubberized neoprene and wool
                                                       Vintage Christian Dior necklace
                                                          Nicholas Kirkwood Lace Heels
                                                                        (my reflection)
                     Emma of London, 1972-3, Lurex, retailed by Biba, worn by Karen Gunnell
                Hubert de Givenchy, 1964, Lace with embroidery, worn by Mrs Pierre Schlumberger
                                      Pierre Balmain, 1957, printed silk, worn by Lady Diana Cooper
                                           Roger Vivier for Dior, 1958-60, embroidered satin
                                                       Vogue, March/September 1949
                       Bathing Costume, 1937-39, wool jersey, worn by Lady Vera Swettenham
                                         Evening Shoes, mostly satin with embellishments
                  Stella McCartney, S/S 2011, embroidered silk and polyester, worn by Annette Bening
                                                  Matilda Etches, 1956, silk gauze
                                                  assortment of vintage Christian Dior items
                                                                  CD shoes (so tiny!)
                                                            projections on the dome

                       Jenny Packham, S/S 2011, silk tulle and crystal, worn by Sandra Bullock
Marchesa, S/S 2012, silk tulle


  1. Beautiful and I wish I was there to enjoy it. Great post and thanks so much for sharing.

  2. So cool! Stunning dresses and shoes; seems like a great place to go to!