A dull morning in May was brightened after a visit to the latest exhibition at the V&A Fashion Galleries.

Norman Hartnell, Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Catherine Walker, Vivienne Westwood...it was just like that scene from Sex and the City where Carrie tries on all the stunning wedding dresses by amazing designers (though unfortunately we weren't allowed to tries these dresses on).ballgowns

From red carpet glamour to catwalk showstoppers, this new exhibition displays the best of British Ballgowns since the 50s, and it is truly a feast for the eyes.

There is something quintessentially British about creating sumptuous ballgowns to wear to debutante balls and dazzling dances. As I walked around the gallery, eyes passing from one beautiful piece to another, I imagined all the glamorous young ladies about town from the past that might have worn them and what fabulous events they went to.

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And then, of course, I imagined myself in the outfits and what wonderful events I'd wear them to! I'll keep you posted...

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 opens on May 19 and will run until 6 January

www.vam.ac.uk/ballgowns

Words by Melonie Clarke.