British Glamour Since 1950

The V&A celebrates the opening of the renovated Fashion gallery with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 features more than sixty designs for social events, revealing a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish.

Elegant eveningwear by designers including Victor Stiebel and Zandra Rhodes is shown alongside spectacular new creations by Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. The exhibition also features a selection of royal ballgowns, including Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker, and dresses worn by actresses and celebrities such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daphne Guinness and Beyoncé.

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950
Victoria & Albert Museum
19 May 2012 – 6 January 2013
Sponsored by Coutts

Design for a Wedding Outfit, with large hat © V&A Images