Diana Vreeland (left) with Yves Saint Laurent
Fashion fans heads up! Get yourself down to the V&A tomorrow if you can. As part of one of the V&A’s most popular exhibitions ever, Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, sponsored by Coutts, which shows more than 60 ballgowns from 1950 to the present day, the rather wonderful V&A Musuem, in leafy Kensington is putting on a fantastic bill of events tomorrow night including an advance screening of the hotly anticipated documentary about legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, called Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, a documentary about the renowned American fashion editor. This screening will be followed by a discussion between former Vogue features editor Justine Picardie and V&A fashion curator Oriole Cullen on the legacy of Vreeland as a 20th century fashion icon. Diana Vreeland worked on American Harpers, then took over American Vogue, then ended her career by working at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art – home of The Met Ball, Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty and so much more.
It’s a brilliant chance to see the screening before anyone else, and the evening is free to get in and first-come, first serve basis. Anything else you’d like to know? Well, the museum is encouraging everyone to dress up to the nines, and then, if you’re looking splendid, you might catch the eye of photographers Marius Hansen and Morgan White, who’ll be snapping away with the purpose of adding to the V&A’s digital archive.
Those involved in creating your own fashion, may be interested in the hat-making workshop with HATWALK milliner, Noel Stewart, or pattern cutting lessons with fashion designer Deborah Milner - who has worked with Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy.
Here is the full program; now – get planning that outfit!