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Kevin Rowland from Dexys Midnight Runners; Ballgowns at the V&A

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 15 May 2012

With John Wilson.

Kevin Rowland discusses the changing face of Dexys Midnight Runners, who topped the charts three decades ago with Come On Eileen, and now release their first album in 27 years.

Painter Brice Marden reflects on the golden age of American art and his early years as Robert Rauschenberg's assistant and as a guard on a Jasper Johns retrospective.

British ballgowns from the past 60 years are the focus of a major new exhibition, which features dresses from the days of the debutante, as well as contemporary pieces from Alexander McQueen and Giles Deacon. Fashion writer and historian Bronwyn Cosgrave reviews.

The Archbishop Of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, chooses his favourite piece of Shakespeare, as part of the BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked season.

Producer Stephen Hughes.

  • Ballgowns: British Fashion since 1950

    Ballgowns: British Fashion since 1950

    Printed silk dress
    A/W 2008
    Designed by Erdem
    Image courtesy of Christopher Moore, Catwalking.com

    V&A
  • Roksanda Illincic - Spring/Summer 09

    Roksanda Illincic - Spring/Summer 09

    Silk dress with net apron
    S/S 2009
    Designed by Roksanda Illincic
    Image courtesy of Christopher Moore, Catwalking.com

  • McQ - Spring/Summer 2011

    McQ - Spring/Summer 2011

    Alexander McQueen
    S/S 2011
    Image: courtesy of Christopher Moore, Catwalking.com

  • Elvis Dress - Catherine Walker

    Elvis Dress - Catherine Walker

    State evening ensemble ‘The Elvis Dress’
    1989
    Designed by Catherine Walker
    Catherine Walker & Co.
    Image: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Worth of London

    Worth of London

    Evening dress
    Designed by Worth London
    Image: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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