A 2008 Erdem dress is fronting the exhibition
In honour of the exhibition, Vogue recently did a run-down of their favourite ball gowns. They also looked outside of British design and embraced the spectacular creations of designers like Valentino and Oscar De La Renta.
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, 1954
Princess Elizabeth circa 1947
Gemma Atherton in Valentino
This exhibition got me thinking about what I love about ball gowns. The dress is the most revered item for a designer to exhibit their talent upon and often the dress can take the centre of attention, such as the hotly talked about McQueen dress from last summer's Royal Wedding. For me, the more outrageous the better and in my eyes John Galliano is king of the ball gowns. A talent displayed in his many couture collections for Dior.
John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture
The late Alexander McQueen produced similarly memorable designs and thankfully Sarah Burton has continued this legacy.
Taken from the 'Savage Beauty' exhibition
Alexander McQueen S/S11
The exhibition is curated by Oriole Cullen and Sonnet Stanfill and will be open from 19th May 2012 - 6th January 2013. Visit the V&A website for more information.