V&A Ballgowns


One of the most exciting fashion exhibitions to grace our shores in years comes courtesy of Kensington’s newly renovated fashion gallery at the V&A museum. Not just a tribute to beautiful formal wear, the stunning exhibition also celebrates design talent as well as the progression of British couture over the decades.

An impressive calibre of designers are featured with younger talent like Felicity Brown, Holly Fulton and Christopher Kane sitting proudly alongside the likes of Britain’s finest Roland Mouret and Vivienne Westwood.

Show stoppers include a Gareth Pugh gown made of mosaic silvered leather and an Alexander McQueen dress made entirely of ostrich feathers, worn by Daphne Guinness at 2011’s Metropolitan ball.

Gowns worn by the royals also featured heavily with a white Catherine Walker dress embellished with pearls designed for the Princess of Wales.

The exhibition travels through time showcasing gowns dating as far back as the 1950s, demonstrating not only the diversity of British design talent but land marking the social change that can evidently be seen through red carpet glamour.

Having these designs institutionalised in a museum is showing British couture to be unique, worthy of celebration and of the same accolades as fine art.


‘Ballgowns’ is on now until early January next year and is well worth the £10 entry fee. The exhibition is open until 10pm on a Friday evening and tickets can be bought online from the V&A.