British ballgowns at the Victoria and Albert Museum

In May next year the Victoria and Albert Museum will be starting an exhibition that will be showing off British ballgowns. The decision has been made to launch the exhibition ahead of the Olympics so that those attending sporting events will be able to drop into the Museum to see the ballgowns. In the fashion scene right now, ballgowns are making a greater resurgence than they have done in the recent past.

The announcement of the exhibition was made at the museum last night in the Norfolk House Music Room. Information released about the exhibition said that it will feature ballgowns from high society since the early 1950s. One of the most famous items that will be on display is a ball gown worn by Princess Diana to the fashion awards in the late 1980s, it is famously referred to as the ‘Elvis dress.’

The show is set to open on the 19th May and will certainly be capitalising on the tourists in town for the Olympics and also those who’ve come to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Many of the dresses in the exhibition have been worn by royalty and other than those dresses worn by Princess Diana there will be also a dress worn by the Queen Mother.

Another designer who is sure to feature prominently as Alexander McQueen as he has just had an exhibition finish at the Met in New York City which was a huge success. The display of the wedding dress of Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace was also a recent success for McQueen.

All the designers featuring in the exhibition are British and include Vivian Westwood, Ossie Clark and John Galliano. Other designers such as Gareth Pugh have also contributed items and some have even designed ballgowns especially for the exhibition.