It was pearls galore at Friday night's preview of the eponymous exhibition at the V&A. I passed under a dazzling custom-made chandelier by designer, Omer Arbel, in the Grand Entrance. Keeping it all vintage and black, I wore a mid-century lace dress, carried a Cordé bag from the same era, and wrapped myself in swansdown by Lois Jaffé. The Azzedine Alaïa heels came out to bring the costume firmly into the 21st century. And, of course, I had to wear pearls: a pretty string of modern kidney-shaped pinks together with a one-off 'sputnik of pearls' ring by the estimable Lisa E Moss. The exhibition, Pearls, runs into next year - until January 19. In the words of Jackie Kennedy: 'Pearls are always appropriate' and I would add... a little Prosecco, too.