We’ve gone from elegant ballgowns to cheap clobber

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Boy I hope I’m around in 60 years to see what future generations will make of the fashion trends of today.

This week, London’s V&A Museum will launch a new exhibition devoted solely to British glamour since 1950.

The part of the collection dedicated to the first 30 years should be like walking into a dream. This was, after all, an era renowned for its elegance. Women wore long gloves, men wore hats and the ballgowns were divine.

While things took a different turn in the ’60s and ’70s, at least clothes back then bore the hallmarks of a style that suited the decade.

But can you imagine what a similar exhibition dedicated to what came next would look like?

I dread to think what anyone would make of 2012’s top trends for example.

Just picture this scene. A glass cabinet sits behind a red velvet rope with a spotlight shining on... a pair of baggy-bum leggings and a shapeless tunic.

Taking pride of place next door will be a scruffy pair of skinny jeans – complete with stretch marks from being hoicked over an ample thigh one too many times.

While the V&A exhibit will feature gowns worn by Princess Diana, Bianca Jagger and Elizabeth Hurley, we’ll have Rihanna and Jessie J representing us.

And if this exhibition takes in men’s clothes as well, the kids of tomorrow will be rolling around on the floor, laughing their hi-tech cotton socks off. How else could you react to a pair of jeans slung halfway down a backside?

Fashion these days is pretty pants in general. It’s either bland, cheap and poor quality, or designed to appeal to over-the-top show-offs.

I reckon the way we now manufacture clothes is partly to blame for our careless attitude to style.

Shops like Primark and H&M concentrate on churning out low-cost garments that aren’t designed to last a season, let alone years to come.

And many of us are guilty of paying peanuts without caring where – or how – our clothes are made.

Maybe we could pick up some tips about quality from the 1950s, as well as some much-needed style advice.