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Ballgowns on the mezzanine floor

Posted by Mark
June 20, 2012 in Property Development

The Victoria and Albert Museum has marked the re-opening of its Fashion Galleries with Ballgowns: British glamour since 1950, a fabulous exhibition of British evening wear from the last 60 years. A display of glamorous ball gowns are on show on a newly-constructed  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level.

Dresses from the last six decades went on display on 20th May and the exhibition will run until January 2013. Many of the most famous British designers are featured, including Norman Hartnell, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

The recent refurbishment of Gallery 40 in the domed court has revealed the original floor mosaics and opened up the staircase to the light and airy mezzanine flooring level sitting directly under the dome. The impression is of a couturier’s showroom with stunning examples of designers’ work on display.

Most of the dresses on the ground floor have been chosen from collections and handmade to a customer’s particular specifications and all exhibit the fine quality fabrics and exquisite workmanship which make a designer renowned. Several iconic royal dresses are on display, including a blue chiffon outfit by Norman Hartnell worn by Queen Elizabeth on a state visit to Japan in 1975 and a Catherine Walker design for Princess Diana’s state visit in 1989 to Hong Kong.

The display of ballgowns on the mezzanine flooring includes royal contributions from Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, the Queen and Princess Diana and a contribution from the estate of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

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