As this post is long overdue, I will jump right into the good stuff. The upstairs portion of Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 featured contemporary British designers with one exception, a gown by Marchesa was on display. Sonnet Stanfill mentioned this was her and co-curator Oriole Cullen’s one “cheat” since the brand is located in NYC but one member of the team, Georgina Chapman, was born and raised in London. The second level of the exhibition is the space that has been the most photographed since it is more open than the first level. The gallery space featured nearly thirty ball gowns by contemporary designers including Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, and Jenny Packham. Below are a few of my favorites from the second level of the exhibition.
Christopher Kane, 2012, worn by actress Shailene Woodley at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala. Photograph courtesy of Fab Sugar.
Erdem, Autumn/Winter 2008. Photograph courtesy of Design Week.
Stella McCartney, 2011, worn by Annette Benning to the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Photograph courtesy of Comunidade Moda.
Mary Katrantzou, Spring/Summer 2011. Photograph courtesy of Coco’s Tea Party.
Roland Mouret, 2010, worn by Maggie Gyllenhal to the Golden Globes. Photograph courtesy of Southern Femme.
Jenny Packham, Spring/Summer 2011,worn by Sandra Bullock to the Golden Globes. Photograph courtesy of Fashion Addict.
Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2011, worn by Daphne Guinness to the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala. Photograph courtesy of the V&A.
Antonio Berardi, Autumn/Winter 2011. Worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Photograph courtesy of Fashionistimus.
Overall I really enjoyed the second level of the Ballgowns exhibition. The gowns on display were intricately made and definitely museum-worthy. The contemporary aspect of the second level allowed visitors to make a connection with various gowns, including those worn by celebrities within the past few years. Many gowns that I have seen on red carpets caught my attention much more within the gallery space, proving the craftsmanship of many designers deserves an up-close inspection.
Photographs from personal collection unless otherwise noted.