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The V&A Teams Up With Coast

The Victoria and Albert Museum has collaborated with Coast to bring out a range of ballgown dresses which are now on sale in the high street branches.

In the collection there are six beautiful dresses reminiscent of the glamour and glitz of the 1950s.

The range was inspired by last year’s exhibition – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 – and features both floor-length gowns and shorter knee-length dresses.

Suki Waterhouse was brought in to model the gowns and they look slightly magical, with piles of delicate tiered chiffon and art-deco style applique.

Lauren Sizeland, the V&A’s business development and licensing director, said: “The designs truly reflect the allure of ballgowns and grand occasion wear evoking the glamour and splendour of their inspiration,”

“These gowns will give the opportunity for customers to indulge in a little piece of fashion history.”

However, although they look spectacular they come with a starting price of £550 so won’t be in everyone’s price range.

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V&A late night and Bombay Sapphire Imagination Bar

What better way to spend a Friday night than surrounded by craft workshops, original and exciting new designs and a few specially designed gin-based cocktails.

This is exactly the concoction created for the latest Friday late night at the V&A, based around the recently launched Power of Making exhibition.

Crafting has become an overnight sensation and more people than ever are donning a needle and thread and knocking out anything from bunting to a floor length dress. The V&A has trumped on this trend creating a lovely collection of hand crafted curiosities from the puppets from 2009 film Fantastic Mr Fox and a six-necked guitar to a working wooden bike, a lion-shaped Ghanaian coffin and a spun metal rotating chair.

The exhibition isn’t huge but it’s well worth a visit – even if you’re not into craft you’ll be impressed by some of these creations, such as the giant gorilla made from coat hangers.

To match the eclectic nature of these crafts – Bombay Sapphire made some perfectly suited cocktails to enjoy. For gin lovers this bar is a little piece of heaven offering twists on classic drinks. The most impressive visually was the Imagination cocktail – served in a giant martini glass with the words “Imagine” magically formed on top in a bright blue sherbet. The light cocktail is made with lemon juice, Maraschino liqueur, Crème de Violette, gin (obviously) and egg white and the flavours balanced each other perfectly creating a mythical-looking summer cocktail.

The Imagination Bar was located in the V&A courtyard – an excellent choice for such an unseasonably hot night – and the bar was busy all night with thirsty crafters. This was a great end to the V&A’s series of summer camps and we hope they will return (along with the nice weather) next year.

This article was originally published on Who’s Jack.

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