OOTD: A Day at the V&A

Hello and welcome to my latest OOTD. This outfit was one I sported on Saturday when my boyfriend and I visited one of my favourite places in London, the V&A. Ever since I read about the Ballgowns exhibition I have been dying to go again, so we thought before the Olympics makes it impossible to get around, we would go and have a look. It was a gorgeous sunny day so I thought a bit of yellow was in order, here’s what I put together.

I’m wearing a polka dot dress that I picked up for about £15 in TK Maxx a few years ago, black George at Asda leggings, a yellow Primark bag which you can just about see, and yellow Primark heels that look amazing, but which are the most uncomfortable shoes I own!

The glasses are from Claire’s Accessories and I picked them up last summer in the sale for £5, I love how much they look like the Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow sunnies!

So onto the V&A. If you haven’t been before, you absolutely have to go next time you’re in London, it’s completely free to get in and they always have an array of amazing exhibitions which can require an entrance fee, but which vary in price. The building itself is beautiful and has an amazing entrance hall and a gorgeous courtyard for spending those summer days.

The Fashion section of the V&A has been newly revamped and reopened so there’s a brilliant fashion ‘timeline’ there now with displays of incredible gowns and iconic outfits from the 1800s to the present day. Before entering the ‘Ballgowns’ exhibition (which is only £10 each) we had a look around the amazing fashion history display cases, so I thought I’d show you some of my favourites!

Amazing evening ensemble by Christian Dior (1954).

A polka dot cocktail dress by Lanvin (1957).

An incredible ensemble by Helmut Lang (2003).

Gorgeous shimmery, floral evening dress by Jean Paul Gaultier (1991).

Sequinned evening trouser suit and blouse by Coco Chanel (1937/38).

Wool jersey bathing costume (1937/39).

Beautiful ball gown, (1820/25).

As you can see the collection has some amazing pieces in it, and there’s so much more to see so I’d highly recommend checking out the fashion section of the V&A next time you’re there. The fashion through the ages section as shown above was completely free to view, so if you’re in need of a money-saving outing this weekend, it’s a great way to have a day out on a budget.

The Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 exhibition was absolutely amazing, but we weren’t allowed to take any pictures in that section, so you’ll have to make do with the sign from the entrance! The modern section was definitely my favourite, with dressess from Alexander McQueen, Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Giles Deacon and Roksanda Ilincic, let’s just say I was in my element. The older dresses were still impressive, but the upstairs part of the exhibition (modern section) was far more interesting and spacious to look around in and really gave the dresses the space they needed to make an impact. I would highly recommend the exhibition for your next rainy day, it’s a chance to see British history from a different perspective and for all fashion lovers it’s a chance to get up close and personal with iconic dresses you’ve only seen before in photographs, don’t miss out!

That’s it for today’s OOTD post, I hope you enjoyed it. What have you been wearing lately and have you been to the Ballgowns exhibition? I’d love to know so leave me a comment or tweet me @MillieDelaoe. Until next time…

Millie x

Disclaimer: All images were taken and are owned by me. All images were taken in the V&A and all content within them belongs to them. I am not affiliated with any companies mentioned and my exhibition ticket and all clothes featured were paid for with my own money.

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  1. i so love your dress dear…beautiful outfit…

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