From Europe, With Culture

Seven European Exhibits You Should Not Miss

By Rhuaridh Marr
Published on August 2, 2012, 2:23am | Comments

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Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashionistas and drag queens, the V&A museum in London has an exhibit just for you. Celebrating 60 years of British design, and with more than 60 individual designs, the exhibit consists of ballgowns, evening dresses, royal outfits and catwalk pieces from famed designers such as Alexander McQueen, Victor Stiebel, Norman Hartnell and Catherine Walker, among others. Dresses worn by Elizabeth Hurley, Sandra Bullock, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Diana, as well as numerous individually-designed pieces and one-off creations, are on display for your admiration (and costume-creation ideas). The centerpiece is a metallic-leather dress by Gareth Pugh created specifically for the exhibit. Ballgowns is on display to Jan. 6, 2013. Just remember, you can’t take any home with you.

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