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About the Book
This unique and groundbreaking book presents dynamic and interpretive photographs of 60 years of British ballgowns and includes designs by Alexander McQueen, Bellville Sassoon, Bill Gibb, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Stella McCartney, and Zandra Rhodes. The specially commissioned photographs by fashion photographer David Hughes are supplemented by essays exploring the ballgown as a particularly British garment, with designers, clients, and occasions unique to Britain.
Britain's traditional social season of debutante parties, private balls, weddings, and charity events has long provided fashion designers with opportunities to create elaborate, tour-de-force eveningwear. In more recent years, the ballroom has been replaced by the red carpet. Though the context has changed, the ballgown remains a staple in many designers' collections and continues to serve as an expression of status, protocol, and taste, while simultaneously embodying elements of drama and fantasy.

About the Author: Sonnet Stanfill is the curator of 20th-century and contemporary fashion at the V&A. Oriole Cullen is the curator of modern textiles and fashion at the V&A.

Book Details
ISBN-13: 9781851776849
Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum
Publisher Imprint: Victoria & Albert Museum
Depth: 19
Language: English
Returnable: Y
Spine Width: 15 mm
Weight: 906 gr
ISBN-10: 1851776842
Publisher Date: 01 May 2012
Binding: Hardback
Height: 292 mm
No of Pages: 112
Series Title: English
Sub Title: British Glamour Since 1950
Width: 224 mm
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