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Exhibition: Ballgowns – British Glamour Since 1950 At The V&A

Vivienne Westwood

Yesterday I was in ballgown heaven as I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of the V&A’s new fashion exhibition – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, which is the first exhibition in its newly renovated V&A Fashion Galleries. The exhibit charts the evolution of the ballgown from society-girl to red carpet glamour, and features British gowns from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Erdem, as well as London Fashion Week favourites Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, Mark Fast, and even a specially created metallic leather dress designed by Gareth Pugh for the exhibition.

Gareth Pugh

I have to be honest, the Fashion Galleries themselves downstairs didn’t look too much different to me, they’ve added some cool illustrations and a few new commissions, but generally speaking there isn’t a drastic change; however upstairs is a different story, they’ve restored the gallery to its original architecture with its domed ceilings and added a mezzanine gallery, which really does open up the space.

Downstairs you wander around more traditional gowns, think ballgowns fit for royals, there were pieces designed by Hardy Aimes and Norman Hartnell, and Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ designed by Catherine Walker has been taken out of storage. But it was upstairs that blew me away, the impact of the three domes filled with contemporary ballgowns was just incredible, my eyes were instantly drawn to Giles Deacon taking flight, then onto an Amanda Wakely design intertwined with a wooden chandelier prop, and then I settled on Vivienne Westwood’s dramatic gown. The first impression at the top of the stairs is intense, I kind of wish that was the start of the exhibit.

Giles Deacon - spring/summer 2007

There were a lot of gowns I liked, from the bright floral Erdem beauty to the exquisite feathered Alexander McQueen gown that Daphne Guinness wore to the Met Gala last year, and it was nice to see the likes of Holly Fulton, Craig Lawrence, Roksanda Illincic, and Mark Fast being part of the display.

Roksanda Illincic - spring/summer 2009

Jenny Packham gown that Sandra Bullock wore

But my favourites had to be the gorgeous gowns that celebrities have worn on the red carpet: there was Sandra Bullock’s gorgeous Jenny Packham gown that she wore to the 2011 Golden Globes; Ralph & Russo have recreated a crystal-covered dress worn by Beyonce, especially for the display; and Burberry even lent the museum one of the gowns that Rosie has worn. The biggest surprise was seeing Shailene Woodley’s Met Gala dress, designed by Christopher Kane, considering it only took place last week.

I have to admit I loved the exhibition, anything that showcases gorgeous gowns embellished with sequins, feathers, crystals, and made of the most exquisite fabrics gets my vote, I just wasn’t wowed by it all. I loved the way the gowns were showcased upstairs, you could see them from all different angles, and some of the gowns were rotating, I also loved the quirky oversized pearls that were dotted around. The best bit though was that it was nice to see that they hadn’t shut everything away behind glass as you can’t always see all the details as clearly.

Erdem

Craig Lawrence, Christopher Kane and Ralph & Russo

Roksanda Illincic stands out

Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Loved the chandeliers and the domes

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 opens on May 19, and runs until January 6, 2013, so no need to rush to take it in, but I would recommend buying your tickets online before you go. Adult tickets cost £10 and entry for students is £7.

Are you excited to see the ballgowns?

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The Body Shop: Lily Cole In Vivienne Westwood

Who: Lily Cole, The Body Shop’s new global brand advocate

Where: At the Beauty Movement by The Body Shop, Beauty with Heart event held last night at The Old Sorting Office in London

Wearing: A custom Vivienne Westwood gown created with fabrics that Lily sourced herself from a recent trip to Ghana with The Body Shop, teamed with silver and yellow shoes with a block heel

Verdict: This is a gorgeous dress, I love the draping of the top with the cut-out detailing, which is signature Westwood, but what I love most has to be the way the iridescent skirt shimmers – so striking it kind of has a make-up feel to it. I have to be honest I think I prefer the skirt more than the top half but I love the contrasting hues and stripes and it looks amazing on her. The short skirt also shows off her fab legs and really highlights the beauty of those yellow and silver heels, which were the first things to catch my attention.

“I have long been an advocate of the potential of using business and consumer power to cause positive change. The Body Shop takes a responsible attitude to people and the environment, and it feels amazing to be supporting a brand who are pioneers in that way of working,” said Lily Cole, global Brand Advocate for The Body Shop.

[Pics: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for The Body Shop]

84th Oscars: Rose Byrne In Vivienne Westwood

Who: Bridesmaids’ star Rose Byrne

Where: At the 84th Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles

Wearing: A one-shoulder midnight-blue sequinned Vivienne Westwood slinky gown, teamed with her blunt bob, Chanel drop earrings and Jimmy Choo ‘New Linda’ heels

Verdict: I have to admit I was a little surprised that this was Vivienne Westwood, and I don’t think I would have believed it except Rose told Ryan Seacrest on E! News. After being wowed at the SAG Awards when Rose wore a jumpsuit and getting up close and personal to her at the Pringle of Scotland LFW show and seeing how gorgeous she is in real life, I think I have a little crush on her. I love the glamour of this gown, with its all-over sequins and draping detailing to the front, and it fits her perfectly. I think on anyone else this could have been a boring look but on her it looks modern and fresh. I like it.

[Pics: Oscar.com / Vivienne Westwood Facebook]

Plastic Loving: Melissa Adds Jason Wu And Gareth Pugh

I have kind of gone a little crazy over the Jason Wu for Target collection that I totally forgot that the New York-based designer has also teamed up with Brazilian plastic shoe brand, Melissa. Both shoes are based on pre-existing Melissa bestsellers, my favourite the Ultragirl ballet flat, and the Lady Dragon peep-toe sling-back, with both coming with a Wu injection – the ballet flats with a Miss Wu owl logo bow and a sunburst design is adorned on the heels, which has come directly from Wu’s autumn/winter 2011 collection.

Both styles are available in black, merlot, and putty, with the flats also coming in a nude smoke design as well, and all feature lace printed lining, which looks cool on the wine coloured ‘merlot’.

The plastic candy-smelling brand is also continuing its collaboration with Vivienne Westwood with new colours for the iconic Lady Dragon heart adorned sling-backs; and new for spring is a graphic collection with British designer Gareth Pugh featuring his signature zig-zag print.

The Gareth Pugh collection comprises of two styles: a flat peep-toe Ultragirl adorned with his signature zig-zag print; and a gladiator sandal which comes in combinations of black, white and silver – both inspired by the designer’s spring/summer 2009 collection.

From the Melissa White collection – my favourite has to be these yellow printed Melissa Peace wedges – how cute are they!!