Floor Length and Fabulous at the V&A

Posted by Suzi | July 25, 2012

While some parents are constantly finger wagging their child’s scruffiness, my poor mum had quite the opposite problem. Pre-sportday, play-date, zoo excursion, whatever, I’d get an exasperated: “Tsk Suzi, please go change- it’s a very casual affair!”

I’ve always been one for dressing-up. Aged 3 (a particularly eccentric fashion year of mine) I was rugby tackled by babysitter while trying to pop to the sweetshop naked except for see-through red negligee I’d found. I was quite the tiny and very inappropriate Lady Gaga back then.

While with age, I like to think my taste and clarity for what’s offensive has improved – I still love dresses. So when back in London, there was no-way I was missing Ballgowns at the V&A. For anyone who has never been to the museum itself (especially those who work in the creative industries), the London mecca of design can eat up days of your life. From the architecture halls to the textiles, the ceramics, and ooh did I mention the gorgeous cafe and shop?

Here are some of my notes from the collection, which whisks¬†you through the history of dresses from 1750′s to today. And while I’m as guilty as shopping like a crazy person as the next man; it does pose the question, where do we go from here?

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  1. BEAUTIFUL!!! And very educational.

    Comment by MarthaWright — July 25, 2012 #

  2. Love the hydrangeas!! If only they’d grow like that in my garden.

    Comment by Helen Fargo — July 25, 2012 #

  3. My favourite museum too!

    Comment by Gerard Geno — July 25, 2012 #

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