Waiting in line at 8.30 am on a Saturday morning, only to be told the tickets have all sold out and there was no chance of us getting in, we were left no choice but to become V&A members! (What a great marketing strategy). I was prepared to pay extra to see this extraordinary show, and it was so worth it.
The dresses and clothing on display were of course, remarkable, but the installation and experience paralleled those on display and elevated them to a whole new level. Dresses which were designed to perfection and finished with the finest embellishments, every detail was accounted for on each of these stunning pieces.
My favourite room by far was the Paper Garden, with a beautiful installation of hand-engineered flowers, complimenting the applique on the floral skirts and dresses. The installation artists were able to precisely colour pick aspects of the dresses and extend them so they filled the room. A projected light show picked up the intricate details of the hanging floral decor, creating visuals almost as stunning as the fashion pieces themselves. The art direction for this room worked extremely well; gowns lined the outer edges whilst the viewer was in awe of the centrepiece, a gorgeous evening gown encased in a glass cylinder.
I'd recommend this show to anyone.
Above displays the making process for the Paper Garden room