For any lady that has an important event to attend to this year, I’m thinking wedding, christening, fairytale inspired party, and you are desperately searching for the ultimate dress to wear, look no further. High street retailer Coast have launched six of the most beautiful and unique ball gowns, in collaboration with the V&A Museum.
The ball gowns are inspired by the V&A’s hugely successful recent Ballgowns Exhibition, and design director Kim Elliot was granted exclusive access to the V&A’s archives to research her new designs.
The Ballgowns Exhibitions showcased British glamour from the 1950’s to the present day, from debutantes to royalty, red carpet events to charity auctions. Kim’s design team were able to look through the museum’s extensive archives, which include fashion photography, hundreds of iconic dresses and pieces of delicate material.
Although the dresses have a decidedly modern style, the design of them are created using unique internal constructions, utilising the techniques of the fashion houses of the 1950’s. This allows for an authentic flow and cut of each dress, giving it a traditional constraint on a modern style.
Here are the six limited dresses:
Blanche – £550
Inspired by Cecil Beaton’s society portraits, this dress features layers of luxurious scalloped tulle and organza with a sprinkling of beads and sequins on the petals of the skirt. This dress holds supports and suits all body shapes with the skirt flaring out over the hips. Available in sizes 6 to 14.
Phoebe Maxi – £695
With inspiration taken from Norman Parkinson’s photography and John Galliano, the Limited Edition Phoebe Dress is created using layers of silky soft organza to create an illusion of volume and texture. Available in sizes 6 to 14.
Daphne – £550
Decidedly romantic and thoroughly modern, this dress captures the dreamy style of 1950s couture houses, channeling the silhouettes of Fifties Balenciaga and Valentino. Made from soft tulle with a bodice embellished with sparkling couture crystals and hand-crafted cording. Available in sizes 8, 10 and 14.
Patience – £895
The biac cut styles of the 1930’s have lent themselves to the design of this beautiful dress. Made from luxurious silk satin and embellished with geometric hand sewn crystals along the neckline. Available in sizes 6 to 14.
Cecily Maxi – £895
Created from the most gorgeous Duchess satin, this dress features panels of silk Georgette to create an hour-glass silhouette. Includes hand sewn crystal embellishments and pleated skirt panels add volume and movement. Size 10 available.
Lottie – £895
The couture houses of the 1950’s have been the main inspiration for this architectural type dress. This Limited Edition Lottie Maxi Dress is a full-bodied design, made from beautiful traditional silk, yet woven with modern yarns to give an upto date twist.
All dresses available from http://coast-stores.com
All pictures courtesy Coast