Last night at the V&A in London, a host of fashion fans headed to a private view of the museum's new Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 exhibition. The display of gorgeous gowns opens to the public on May 19, but designers like Sarah Burton, Alice Temperley, Roksanda Ilincic, Gareth Pugh, John Rocha and Erdem Moralioglu plus model Laura Bailey and actress Joan Collins got a sneak peek. Featuring more than sixty designs for private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights, the exhibition celebrates the V&A's newly renovated Fashion Galleries, which feature red carpet evening dresses and catwalk creations. Click through to see the gorgeous gowns and famous attendees.
Last night, I headed to the V&A Museum to watch the London College of Fashion MA show. The college always has a high calibre of graduates, and this year was no exception. One thing which struck me, was how many students opted for menswear this year. 2011 is already hotting up to be a great year for menswear as more focus is placed upon it (not least because of the launch of Mr Porter), so maybe students realise there is a lot of potential in designing for guys. Indeed, the collection of the year was awarded to Matteo Molinari whose tailored menswear came with a twist. His slim fit trousers had a dramatic high waist and there were androgynous elements.
Other highlights included Susanna Bettencourt's chain embellished, '90s inspired body con dresses and Nam Young Kim's sculptural jackets and midi skirts. Oliver Ruuger's accessories stole the show as the umbrella was given a fetish makeover. The colour palette for the whole show was predominantly dark or neutral. To see photos from last night, just read more
Details of the Spring exhibition at the V&A have just been revealed and it's going to be dedicated to one designer – Yohji Yamamoto. The Japanese designer has already been the subject of shows in Florence, Paris and Antwerp, although this retrospective will include menswear for the first time. It is due to open on 12th March and run until 10th July. Are you interested in this exhibition?
The name Stephen Jones is synonymous with millinery in the UK. He has been designing hats for the rich, famous and stylish since the 1980s dressing the heads of Anna Piaggi, Erin O'Connor, Boy George and Prince Diana plus many, many more.
The V&A is a great host for his work as Jones' admits to being quite the fan. Speaking to WWD he said,"Since my college days the V&A has been a treasure trove of inspiration. This exhibition draws on millinery collections worldwide and is an eclectic and exciting anthology of hats from B.C. to the present day."
The exibition will include 300 hats chosen by Jones with a little help from the V&A. The exhibition will run from February 24th to May 10th.
This Saturday the V&A will open the latest addition to the gallery with the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. The jewellery gallery will contain a staggering 3,500 jewels from the V&A’s jewellery collection.
It will mainly consist of European jewels from the last 800 years with historic highlights including jewelled pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I to her courtiers, and diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia.
Some of the most prestigious designers from across the globe are represented in the collection. For example, there are two diamond tiaras by Cartier, a rare plique-à-jour enamel and pearl bracelet by Boucheron and a
gold Chaumet bangle with a core of rubies and diamonds.
William and Judith Bollinger said: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure working with the V&A's talented staff and consultants to create a truly unique gallery. We hope it provides inspiration to all who visit – whether craftsmen, aspiring artists or simply lovers of beauty.’