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Ballgowns at the V&A

Rain, rain and more rain, that pretty much sums up the last few days in London. With two boys that need entertaining, it seemed the perfect time to scoot up for another visit to the Science Museum, at my six year old’s behest.

It also seemed the perfect opportunity for me to nip next door to the Ballgowns exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum  while the boys played with bubbles and beans and what-not at the Science Museum.

I have to admit that prior to this my only visit to the V&A has been for drinks receptions. Just an incredible, cavernous space , filled to the rafters with the most amazing exhibits to inspire and overawe. The ‘Ballgowns’ exhibition is housed in the ‘Fashion’ section, which has been newly renovated, and is filled with the most amazing creations dating back to the 19th Century. The ‘Ballgowns’ exhibition includes such iconic dresses as Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis’ dress by her favourite designer, Catherine Walker, although my particular favourites were the dresses of the 50s and 60’s, two of which are pictured below, which really a glimpse of another era.

The exhibition runs until early next year and has an entry charge of £10.

The rest of the Fashion Galleries are free and are well worth a visit in themselves, housing a surprisingly contemporary-looking collection, some of which in fact dates back to the 30s and 40s.

V&A Ballgowns exhibtion

V&A Ballgowns exhibition

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