LIVE BLOG – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950


This year the V&A Museum hosted an event/exhibition of the best of British ballgowns since 1950 in South Kensington, London. Glamorous dresses and designers took a place in this extraordinary exhibition from Alexander McQueen to Bellville Sassoon, from Christopher Kane to Catherine Walker, Vivienne Westwood.  All the best British designers and their unforgettable dresses had illustrated the atmosphere of vintage and the beauty of 1950s. This is a live blog from the exhibition;

10:00 am

Victoria and Albert Museum opened its doors for a spectacular exhibition by the best British designers. Bill Gibb’s is one of the main designers which exhibited his six dresses at V&A. The moiré taffeta silk, tulle and breading dress was made by Gibb’s in 1974 and given to British Fashion Council by Sandi Lucy in 1995.

10:30 am

During the exhibition, Catherine Walker’s dresses brilliantly shined at the event. Walker’s especially highlighted Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis’ dress with saying “She shone in the dress”. The dress was worn by Princess Diana for the British Fashion Awards in October 1989.


The dress is strapless and combined with half-sleeved jacket. One of the exhibition visitor Melek Gokce said; ‘I loved the exhibition, I have been to Diana’s wedding day and her funeral. I love her deeply and she is shining like an angel in this dress and we misses her as nation.”


11:00 am

The purple-yellow dress made by British-Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu at the V&A. Erdem is a designer recently noticed by Princess Katherine Middleton during her Royal Canada Tour. The Royal College of Art graduate designer had a huge impact by his yellow & purple dress in the British Glamour Ballgowns exhibition. Sumeyye Can is a Turkish visitor of the Ballgowns exhibition and she said; ” I am here as a tourist in London and heard about this exhibition from my friend. When I entered the exhibition I was amazed and feel honored by Erdem dresses as a Turkish citizen”.

V&A Ballgowns

Erdem dresses are recognized by Britons after the Duchess of Cambridge special interest to his designs. Erdem titled his purple-yellow dress as ‘Rumina’. The dress lent by Erdem and made for an Autumn/Winter 2008 collection.


Vivienne Westwood’s bridal collection and her brilliant ballgowns were one of the most eye-catching dresses at the exhibition. Her terrific creativity illustrated the sense of fashion in the Great Britain.


A tour of Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Bellville Sassoon created her yellow dress in 1968 which many visitors dream to wear it. It is mustard yellow silk with half sleeved bottom contrasted with milled silk top.

At the end of the my visit I could say I have become a fan of Bellville Sassoon.




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