23 July 2014

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Ballgowns at the V&A


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The event: a black-tie private view of the V&A’s ‘Ball gowns: British Glamour Since 1950’ exhibition, as part of Mastercard’s Priceless Nights programme.

The venue: the newly renovated Fashion Galleries at the V&A.

The food: beef fillet skewers and a quail’s egg with spinach and hollandaise canapés served on trays decked with feather boas, pearls and diamonds, followed by plates of poached Scottish salmon and white tomato mousse and (stampede-inducing) mini pans of coq au vin with mash.

To drink: rose-tinged Turkish delight mocktails and prosecco with passion fruit and mango.

The entertainment: a talk by exhibition curator Sonnet Stanfill and a colourful display of ballroom dancing choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing pro Izabela Hannah.

Caterers: Moving Venue.

The talking point: the silk Ralph and Russo gown worn by Beyoncé  at a White House State dinner in 2010, Lady Di’s white ‘Elvis’ dress and bolero, and the show-stopping Alexander McQueen lilac-feathered creation worn by Daphne Guinness at the Met Ball in 2011.

We loved: picking up some ballroom steps at Izabela’s beginners workshop.

On the guest list: 80 glammed up Mastercard customers in their own ball gowns.

The next Priceless Night is at the Science Museum on 5 July.

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