Costume Exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Olympics have you feeling particularly patriotic? As Team GB continues to impress in sport, pop over to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to celebrate the greatness of Britain in an entirely different arena.

Costume exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 is on at the V&A now through to 6th January 2013. It proves not only the elegance and fine craft of British design, but also that no one does a costume installation like the V&A. Presented over two floors of the museum’s renovated Fashion Galleries are designs spanning forty years of British couture. Gowns worn by royals such as the Queen and Princess Diana and by celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Elizabeth Hurley are all on display.

Take an up close look at the exquisite craft and rich history of ballgowns from designers such as Bellville Sassoon, Bruce Oldfield, Stella McCartney, Jenny Packham, and the late Alexander McQueen.

Stanning and Glover proved Great Britain can row for gold, this exhibit proves we can sew for it, too. Get your fill of couture and culture whilst in Chelsea; tickets are available for £10, click here to order and for further details.

By Jessica Toukatly

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