In this 60th Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a promising Exhibition opening in May.
"From debutantes and royalty to charity balls and the red carpet, Ball- gowns: British glamour since 1950 charts 60 years of stylish evening wear". I am definitely going there to take a look at it.
"The exhibition highlights the styles, silhouettes and colours that have been perennial favourites for many years in Britain’s traditional social season of debutante parties, private balls, weddings, and charity events that for long has 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In more recent years, the ballroom has been replaced by the red carpet.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".
From Amazon, where the book can be purchased.