London's V&A Museum to Debut Ballgown Exhibit

Heads up, fashionistas! London's Victoria & Albert museum will debut an exhibit on the ballgown starting tomorrow, and it sounds spectacular.

According to city tourism board VisitLondon, the exhibition will showcase a range of ballgowns and evening dresses from a variety of leading British designers, including Zandra Rhodes, Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham.

From demure white creations for debutantes at Queen Charlotte's Ball to racier pieces designed for the red carpet, more than 60 dresses from across the six decades will be on show. In particular, visitors may recognize Princess Diana's "Elvis Dress," as well as one-off pieces worn by Elizabeth Hurley and Daphne Guinness.

Held in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries, the exhibition will replicate the atmosphere of preparing for a ball in a grand country house and include a stylized "ballroom" on the mezzanine level. Film, contextual images and accessories will also be on display.

The Victoria & Albert Museum is located on Cromwell Road in London. Visit www.vam.ac.uk for more information.


Photo of beaded silk satin gown by Norman Hartnell courtesy of vam.ac.uk.

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