From Gwen Stefani To The Duchess Of Cornwall The Victoria & Albert Museum Showcase The World's Most Influential Wedding Dresses

08 December 2013 by

The Victoria & Albert museum wedding exhibition is set to chart some of the world’s most influential wedding gowns and give exclusive insights into the life of the wearer - much better for bridal inspiration than any old wedding fair!

Opening from May next year, the highly anticipated exhibition will trace the development of wedding dress fashion and some of its key design influencers – John Galliano, Vera Wang and Christian La Croix to name but a few. Contemporary designs include the dare-to-bare Pam Hogg design worn by Lady Mary Charteris to her wedding last year, whilst in stark contrast other designs include the subtle and much more reserved blue number worn by the Duchess of Cornwall to the blessing of her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 2005. Gwen Stefani’s exquisite Dior creation will be on show (squeal!) as will the corseted Vivienne Westwood design worn by Dita Von Teese to her marriage to Marilyn Manson in 2005. The beautifully designed Alexander McQueen famously worn by Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge to her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in 2011 will be absent and, although, sorely missed there are plenty of exquisite creations to marvel at.

Displayed over two floors, the exhibition will showcase around 80 of the most glamourous dresses from the exclusive V&A wedding collection including some of the earliest examples of wedding fashion. Think silk stain court dresses and brocade gowns. Alongside the bridal wear, and the all-important accessories, will be sketches and personal photographs of the individuals’ big day. Talk about an intimate insight! 

Wedding Dresses 1775 -2014 will be at the V&A from May 2014 -15 March 2015. Tickets cost £12, concessions available and members go free. To book visit or call 020 7420 9736.


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