Friday October 30, 2020

Revolt into style

Ballgowns, the ambitious new exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum showcases half a century of British glamour, writes Ros Drinkwater.

9th June, 2012
Atsuko Kudo ballgown worn by Georgia Frost with, in the background, dresses by Hardy Amies and Worth of London.

It's not often you go to an exhibition where the visitors constitute an exhibit in their own right. But it happened in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where the reactions to the items on display spoke volumes.

There was a teenage punk enraptured by a rose-embellished confection designed for Joan Collins in 1983; a septuagenarian gentleman glued to a vibrant orange kaftan by Yuki, worn by Gayle Hunnicutt to a ball at Windsor...

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