2 August 2012, 6.30pm - 10pmFilm, Interactive, Performance, Ballroom, Music
Ladies and gentlemen, the V&A and the Exhibition ROAD SHOW invite you to a celebration of quintessentially British elegance – from the classic to the quirky.
Victor Edelstein, 1986
© David Hughes
This dedicated late opening on Friday August 3rd has a programme that is brimming with films, talks, workshops and demonstrations proving that British elegance reigns supreme. Come in your finest to catch the eye of fashion photographer Marius Hansen, reviving the V&A’s Day of Record series. Join Noel Stewart’s millinery workshop to complete your look, be led on an elegant whirlwind performance by dANTE or dIE, and then, primped and preened, take a twirl on the Road Show's outdoor Ballroom, where the London Banqueting Orchestra will entertain with ballroom classics followed by Bishi, reinventing Cool Britannia with her bold and daring live performance.
Utterly Elegant is a complement to the V&A’s concurrent exhibition in the new Fashion Galleries. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 is a spectacular exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from 1950 to the present day and features red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers traversing the decades from Norman Hartnell to Gareth Pugh.
Repeated during the evening, Exhibition Road Entrance, La Fille a la Mode, dANTE or dIE
6.30pm - 9.30pm; Sackler Centre, Millinery Workshop: Noel Stewart
6.30pm - 9.30pm; Sackler Centre, Pattern Cutting Workshop: Deborah Milner
7pm & 8.30pm; Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Screening: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. Followed by An Elegant Q&A: Justine Picardie & Oriole Cullen
6.30pm - 9.30pm; Sackler Centre, Hochhauser Auditorium, Screening: British Elegance in True Colour; curated by the Fashion In Film Festival.
8pm; Location TBC, Behind the Scenes: Creating a Celebrity Look: Grace Woodward
6.30pm - 9.30pm; V&A John Madejski Garden, DJ: The Shellac Sisters
7.30pm - 9.30pm; Outdoor Ballroom: London Banqueting Orchestra followed by Bishi
Download a full programme here.
*Free, comprehensive programmes will be handed out on the night*