Satin, taffeta, lace, pleated fabric. They were protagonists, in time, of unforgettable ballgowns. The ball gown, despite inevitable changes in form and use, visually detectable, has always been surrounded by an aura of exclusivity, typical of the dream dress.
Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 is the exhibition curated by Claire Wilcox for the galleries of the V&A Museum, which traces the history of famous clothes, marked by festivities of royal palaces, halls of the court or elite splendor of a grand ball, until getting to more contemporary cocktails party and red carpet, really different from the bustles of Queen Victoria or the bright luxury of Marie Antoinette.
The dresses in the exhibition are more than sixty: from creations by Norman Hartnell to those of Victor Stiebel, from Zandra Rhodes and Roksanda Illincic to the avant-garde universe of Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen.
Conceived as a tribute on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, the show traces the history of the ballgown thanks to a deep and sparkling investigation on the evolution of English fashion design, bringing to light pieces such as the Elvis Dress by Catherine Walker, realized for Lady Diana, or modern dresses for the glamorous world of celebrities.
Dance floor inputs till January 6, 2013!

Giulia Fasanella

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road

London, until January 6, 2013