Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cinderella, we shall go to the Ball ..........

Hi Lovelies,

There is a fantastic new Ballgown Exhibition opening at the Victoria & Albert Museum this evening (It is open to the public from 19th May right through til January 2013).

From spring 2012 the V&A celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers.  Displayed over two floors,Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will feature more than sixty designs for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights.
The exhibition will cover over sixty years of a strong British design tradition that continues to flourish. Eveningwear from the V&A’s vast collection, by designers including Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan, will be on show alongside dresses fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham.
A selection of royal ballgowns will be on display, including a Norman Hartnell gown designed for Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker and gowns worn by today’s young royals. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will also include dresses worn by actresses and celebrities including Elizabeth Hurley, Bianca Jagger and Sandra Bullock, and a stunning metallic leather dress created especially for the exhibition by innovative designer Gareth Pugh.

Ballgowns are just the ultimate fantasy dress for woman. Let's be honest, not many of us are ever going to have the need for more than one (and that is if we are very lucky)! They always makes me think of Audrey Hepburn, or Cinderella and I always think of Dior for the ultimate couture gown. The glamour of the super tiny waist and the silk skirts - gorgeous!

They also remind me of the movie Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris with Angela Lansbury. Oh, I LOVE this film sooo much!! It is about a cleaning lady in London's East End who saves ALL of her money to buy a Couture Dior Gown. Please tell me you have seen it !!!!

I adored the idea that Natalie Portman wore a vintage (numbered) Dior dress from the 1954 Spring Couture Collection to the 2012 Oscars.

It was sold after she wore it for a whopping $50,000 !!!

Here are a few pictures from the Exhibition to keep you going. I am definitely going to take my girls to see it x

Sadly today wasn't a ball gown day for me! Jools Wore

Lemon Soft Jersey Knit top with Back Zip £25.99 Zara

Jeans - Diesel

ahhhhh Balenciaga Hobo!

The Asos Salon Dress came

I don't like it! It doesn't feel special at all. So the search continues ......

Thanks for reading x

You can view lots more of my pictures at http://what-jools-wore.tumblr.com/


LooweezBx said...

Woowww I really want to go see that exhibition! Looks good! :D

Jools said...

me too !!!!

Urban Butterfly said...

What a shame that the Salon dress wasn't great, I had high hopes that you and her would get on so well :( I have never been to the V&A you know..... Maybe now's the time. Hope Mia gets better soon. X

Jools said...

It just had some odd colours on the skirt, half way down is supposed to look lighter but it looks like it has been bleached out! v strange xxxx