We've long swooned over Jenny Packham's super-feminine gowns but it was the Duchess of Cambridge's consistent championing of the Brit designer that really made us fall in love. Kate Middleton has oft turned to Packham creations for swanky royal events so no doubt she'll be delighted as we are to hear that the V&A’s next Fashion in Motion will celebrate the designer's 25th anniversary.
Yes, on 19th July, the Museum will host a series of four free catwalk shows in its Raphael Gallery, presenting highlights of Packham’s collections to date. Think glamorous evening dresses and luxurious embellishments seen on Hollywood stars and royalty alike. As a sneak preview, Grazia Daily has an exclusive first look at some of the dresses to be featured...
1. A full-length pale pink dress with silver beading
Speaking about the dress, Packham herself told us, 'This dress was chosen as it is one of my favourites from the Spring Summer 2011 collection. The beading is intricate and beautiful and inspired by magical moonlight parties for exquisite youth. Sandra Bullock also wore this to the 2011 Golden Globes.'
2. A nude dress with red beading
As for the nude dress with red beading, the designer had this to say, 'This dress is from the Spring Summer 2012 collection, which references the hues within a rainbow. The beading on this dress is very romantic and delicate and gives the illusion of falling petals. This dress was worn by Taylor Swift to the 46th annual CMA Awards last year.'
3. Finale dress from the Autumn Winter 2013 collection; 4. Spring Summer 2012 collection
Other dresses that are set to grace the catwalk are a full length tulle dress with cutaway black lace, modelled by Erin O’Connor for the Autumn Winter 2005 collection, alongside a shocking pink silk chiffon dress from the Spring Summer 2009 catwalk.
Admission to Fashion in Motion: Jenny Packham is FREE but booking is essential. Tickets are available to book from 8 July 2013 by calling 020 7942 2820