Curvaceous television cook Nigella Lawson looked dangerously close to having a wardrobe malfunction, as her low-cut velvet gown struggled to adequately contain her Rubenesque figure.
Her ample chest looked in danger of spilling over the top of the corseted creation from her preferred designer, Vivienne Westwood, as she appeared on the red carpet at an event last night.
Nigella, 47, has become the poster-girl for the Rubenesque figure which was idealised for centuries until the fashion world decreed an absence of curves was more desirable.
Thankfully Nigella has ignored the current wisdom and held fast to her voluptuous shape which has won her many fans, male and female alike.
Nigella attended the event, which was organised by Alexandra Shulman the editor of British Vogue, to mark the official launch of the museum’s autumn exhibition, ‘The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957′.
The exhibition, which opens to the public on Saturday, features more than 100 dresses from Paris designers Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Balmain and Balenciaga and their London counterparts Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies.
Danger: Nigella clambered awkwardly into a waiting taxi last night at the gala event which marked the climax of London Fashion Week
The television cook was later pictured clambering into a waiting taxi as she left the gala event.
And it was then that she looked most in danger of spilling out of her designer midnight blue gown.
Nigella recently returned to TV screens with a show that promotes fattening “fast food”.
The BBC series, Nigella Express, is aimed at busy working parents. It features calorific meals such as Irish cream tiramisu, coconut rice, sweet potato and bacon hash and cheese fondue, all of which are intended to be conjured up quickly.
Voluptuous: Nigella Lawson’s midnight blue corseted gown struggled to contain her curvaceous figure
However, Lawson admitted that, unlike the fare whipped up by Jamie Oliver for his School Dinners series: “The recipes aren’t particularly healthy.”
And Nigella, along with revered TV cook Delia Smith, recently came under fire for writing cookery instructions that are too difficult to follow.
A Government study concluded that female celebrity chefs are harder to understand in print than their male counterparts, peppering their books with complex language.
Fine form: Nigella’s Rubenesque figure has won her male and female fans alike
It found almost half of Nigella’s were too tough for someone to understand without GCSE standard reading and numeracy skills.
Whereas some of Gordon Ramsay’s recipes are so simple they can be followed by a seven-year-old.
Nigella’s new show marks a professional renaissance for the “domestic goddess”, whose TV career appeared to have stalled after her attempt to become a mainstream presenter with a daytime chat show for ITV1 flopped in 2005.
A one-off special for BBC2 last year, Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen, secured record ratings and led to the commissioning of Nigella Express.