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Unveiled: Two Hundred Years of Wedding Glamour

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Founded in 1852 its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day.

The current touring exhibition presents the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection. Tracing the evolution of the fashionable  wedding dress from the beginning of the 19th century it illustrates how fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell,  John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang developed and sometimes challenged the traditional concept of the white wedding dress.

The exhibition explores the influence of  brides in the media and in film and includes society and celebrity weddings, such as Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani.

There are more than 40 wedding outfits on display, including a selection of dresses from Perth’s WA Museum – where the exhibition will run until 24  March 2013.

Clockwise from top left: John Bates for Jean Varon Label 1966 (V&A); Vera Wang Bridal 2007; Norman Hartnell, London 1933 (V&A); Ian & Marcel, London 1989 (V&A); Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Paris 1993-4 (photo: Guy Marineau ); Vivienne Westwood Couture, London 2005 (V&A)

Which era in bridal wear appeals to you most?

 

 

 

by Viva Vayspap


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