Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 at the Victoria and Albert

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 11.55.30The V&A’s new exhibition tells the story of the bridal gown-from when white first became fashionable to the current phenomenon of  increased media focus on celebrity nuptials.  The exhibition will be set out across two floors, opening with the oldest gowns from the late eighteenth century and then showcasing the last fifty years of fashion on the mezzanine level.  Alongside many of the gowns will be films or photographs of the bride and line drawings of the settings in which the weddings were set as well as outfits worn by grooms, page boys and bridesmaids.  The curator worked on the exhibition for 5 years, using both the V&A’s extensive costume collection of wedding fashion and filling in the gaps with acquisitions of pieces from celebrities such as Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani, and Dita Von Teese.

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