With high school proms, weddings and elegant soirees abound, it’s time to dig out the ball gowns, elbow-length gloves and satin pumps. Actually even if the event is not as formal as that, view some of the great gowns at two of the top city museums.

Now playing in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum until January 2013 is the “Ballgowns” exhibition. This features not only the gowns worn by the rich and famous but red carpet evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers too.  Sketches and photographs of some of the top designers feature the start to finish creations from the past six decades.

The gowns highlight some of the best gems of the latter half of the 20th century to present day, including those worn by Princess Diana, Sandra Bullock and Beyonce.

On the other side of the pond until August 2012 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” studies two fashion designers from different eras with many similarities of styling and themes. Both Italian designers share some 90 designs and 30 accessories in this must-see display.

Elsa Schiaparelli reigned in fashion from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. Miuccia Prada came into the limelight during the late 1980s to the present. Any diva will be wondering which piece is a favorite in the Met’s show that represents some of the most imaginative and feminine examples of women’s apparel.

“Out with the old, in with the new” was the philosophy of Miuccia Prada when she took over the family business and made a name for herself.  Her performance in design was unconventional and revolutionary such as using materials such as nylon in designer handbags.

The classic simple, sleek, black nylon Prada handbag brought designer handbags into a new light and is hip enough for celebrities such as Kate Winslet. What better way than to add leather to the successful formula than with an authentic Prada Nylon Shoulder Leather Handbag.

The merging strength of nylon and leather in black with a tried and true stunning half-moon frame makes this pre-owned bag one that can take a gal anywhere in style form casual to dressy. The body is in nylon, while the leather is placed in strategic points such as the base and lower portion of the sides.

The pre-owned Prada shoulder bag is accented with stunning silver hardware, including a belt buckle flap that is used as its closure.  Of course the icon Prada Milano triangle is affixed but this time discretely on the side.

This used Prada purse is fully lined with black embroidered fabric and offers enough space to fit much of any woman´s belongings. 

Ballgowns and high couture may be out of reach except viewing them at the museum but an authentic Prada Nylon Shoulder Leather Handbag can easily be owned.