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What to wear for Glyndebourne

A prestigious music festival such as Glyndebourne deserves to be dressed. In fact, the tradition of wearing evening dress during the Glyndebourne Festival originated with founder John Christie, who felt that it offered a way in which the audience could show its respect for the performers.

Evening dress of black tie for men and a long or short evening dress for ladies is customary for the summer Festival. Bear in mind that you will be walking on grass so you need a frock that will look good with low heels or maybe even flat summer sandals.

Evening dresses can be hard to come by in the summer so investigate special occasion boutiques that will probably stock evening and cocktail dresses all year round rather than just at Christmas as is the case in most high street shops.

For red carpet glamour, evening-wear designers such as Tony Bowls, La Femme and Precious Formals – all American and all very colourful - are perfect choices. Elegance is the signature look for designers such as Dusk and Frank Usher while Night Moves and Scarlett Evenings offer modern twists on classic ball-gowns. Music to the ears of women who are size 16 upwards is that evening-wear specialist Dynasty has produced a stunning range of evening and cocktail dresses for summer called Viviana specifically designed for the larger lady who still wants to look modern.

As we can never guarantee the British weather, do be sure to add a pretty cardigan, wrap or bolero jacket to your dress. Tina Taylor do a fantastic range of pretty, feminine cardigans and faux silk boleros while bridesmaid dress designer Jasmine offer wraps and shrugs in up to 52 different colours and in a choice of fabrics as part of its B2 and Belsoie collections.

If you have a long way to travel and don’t want to wear your dress en-route, you can change into it once you get to Glyndebourne. There are facilities provided in the Plashett Building at the foot of the car park.