Must see: Ballgowns Exhibition at V&A
British celebrations are quite extravagant: the gloves covering the pure hands of the white royal skin are the demonstration of the luxury around the crown. The typical accent of the British English shows the class and the posture of those women: those of the long dresses, those of the vintage jewellery shining around their necks, those of the luxurious fabrics, evolving with tenderness their skin. There they are, with the dresses reaching the ankles or even the floor, the rich and luxurious women from the high society, back from the 19th century.
For those who belong to this century, many of these traditions transcend their imagination. Under a royal power, this luxury covering the bodies lasted many years and there are still ceremonies where the fabrics are stitched to the floor and the hairs are nattily tied up to embrace garish tiaras. But let us introduce you to a journey where you can imagine yourself dancing with softness in opulent golden rooms, full of imposing paintings and lavish dresses: the “Ballgowns Exhibition” in Victoria and Albert Museum, in London.
The museum is celebrating the opening of the Fashion Galleries with this two-floor journey through the dresses from the last 60 years. From the royal crown to the new tendencies, every designer is a magic stage and every detail is a new step into a luxury and fancy world. Flaring textiles for opening nights, voluptuous outlines for private occasions or majestic long dresses for the royal celebrations, every dress is made up of a story. Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham are some of the designers who signed the creations. Exclusive gowns are also on display, from the royal crown family to famous actresses’ pieces.
If your eyes and soul are easily magnetized with glamour, this exhibition will certainly fulfil your magnificent dreams. The manufactured details of gowns, the extravagant shapes and the rare and fascinating dresses build the atmosphere of a long journey through the fashion world and the evolution of gowns. Mystery and glamour are the final foundations for this exhibition, where it’s also possible to learn details from the balls, the debutant tradition and the royal family silhouette. Now, it’s time to let yours be contoured by the delicacy of fashion history and hold your breath behind those greatest creations. “Ballgowns: British glamour since 1950” will be on exhibition until January 6th.