Fashion Friday: A Panorama of Wedding Dresses

With New York Fashion Week in its second day, we’re already taking note of our favourite styles from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections – an abundance of white dresses to inspire our brides. Since travelling across the Atlantic isn’t an option, we’re watching the shows online and we’ve come up with an alternative solution – an exhibition dedicated to wedding dresses at the Victoria&Albert Museum, in London. 
  
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition at the V&A offers a panorama of fashion stretching across two centuries of designer bridal wear. Displayed chronologically across two floors, you’ll find over 80 pieces – from romantic and glamorous to more extravagant wedding outfits.


Some of the most famous outfits in the gallery include the Dior wedding dress worn by Gwen Stefani in2002, the Duchess of Cornwall’s embroidered silk coat designed by Robinson and Valentine in 2005, and the couture Galliano gown created for KateMoss’s wedding in 2011.

    


The exhibition hosts not only superb dresses and grooms wear but also accessoriesincluding shoes, jewellery, veils, garters and corsetry as well as fashion sketches and personal photographs. What better way to satisfy your curiosity about the history of garments than with an intimate insight into some of the wearers’ fashion choices and personal details.

The choice of designs reflects the changing attitude to wedding ceremonies and fashion over the years – early silk satin dresses in 1775,19th century white muslin embroidered styles and modern innovative designs from Ian Stuart and Gareth Pugh.

  
WeddingDresses 1775-2014 takes place in the V&A Fashion Gallery, from 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015. It is open daily 10:00 – 17:45 and until 22:00 every Friday, with tickets costing £12. You can also get your hands on the accompanying book, The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions by Edwina Ehrman (the exhibition curator) for £25.

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Photos: courtesy of V&A Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

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