© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

© 2012 Adorngirl V&A ballgowns

 

Oh the glamorous life of a blogger racing through London depending on London transport to get to two morning appointments on time, this is exactly the situation I found myself on Tuesday.  I had a super early appointment at the Westminster Harrow campus to interview students ahead of their graduate catwalk ( more on that to come)  but left early to ensure I could attend the press view of the newest exhibition Ballgowns, British Glamour since 1950 which was due to end at 1pm.  Well I got there at 12.40 (thanks TFL) but I still had just enough time to get the pictures that I needed, at first glance I was pretty confused, as the exhibition was to coincide with the newly refurbished fashion gallery space, but I completely agree with Coco’s tea party in that it looked exactly the same.  The V&A is one of my favourite museums but I couldn’t help feeling a sense of deja vu, hadn’t I taken these pictures already? but please keep going, the displays have been refreshed with over 60 ballgowns from 195o to more contemporary designers.  The star space is in fact upstairs, a bright open gallery housing red carpet, evening, and catwalk ballgown masterpieces including Sarah Burton for McQueen, Felicity Brown, Dior, out from behind the glass on giant pearls underneath modern chandeliers.   Some gowns are on spinning pearl turntables reminiscent of the twirling ballerinas that spun when you opened the jewellery box, specially commissioned images by fashion photographer David Hughes are projected on to the domed ceilings adding another special detail to the exhibition.  Ballgowns: British Galmour since 1950 is sponspred by Coutts and is set to open this Saturday 19th May 2012 until 6th January 2013, see more pictures from the exhibition on the Adorngirl Facebook page