The Victoria & Albert Museum To Showcase The World’s Most Influential Wedding Dresses

11 April 2014 by

Gwen Stefani's iconic wedding dress, 2002 (Getty)

Whether the thought of a big white dress makes you feel gooey inside or brings you out in a hot sweat and running for the hills, there’s no denying it is and will remain one if the most iconic and enjoyed traditions in fashion. While you may not remember what you threw on for work last Thursday you could easily etch a sketch of Kate Middleton’s famous McQueen dress, as though you had designed it yourself.

Commanding, significant and beautiful, The V&A’s “Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014” exhibition, opening on 3rd May sets out to show - with the most glamorous and extravagant dresses - how wedding gowns have evolved over two hundred  plus years. You can also get a proper peek at celebrity wedding dresses, like the pink-dipped gown worn by Gwen Stefani, along with an insight into why the a-lists made their dress choices.

Jenny Packham SS14

It’s not exactly bridal shopping (although I wonder if anyone would notice me leaving in the iconic, on-every-brides-wish-list Jenny Packham Rapunzel Gown??) but weaving between the dramatic Vera Wangs and ornate Christian Lacroix gowns it feels magical and happy. In my experience (and I am more than happy to be proved wrong) men don’t get quite so excited about centuries of white gowns, do them a favour and go with your mates* instead – it’s the perfect fashion and fantasy fix. (*Or better still your brides maids - they have to do everything you say. It’s the rules.)

Jenny Packham SS14

The V&A’s “Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014” exhibition runs from 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015. To book tickets go to

By Grazia’s bride-to-be and Contributing Beauty Editor, Poppy Lara


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