We can't wait for the V&A's newest exhibition to open on Saturday. Titled 'Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014', the display is a retrospective on wedding style from the very first white gowns to Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani's looks.
The exhibition's running from 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015, an explores both this history of weddings and the individual stories of brides. We chatted to curator Edwina Ehrman about what makes an iconic dress.
Grazia Daily: What do you think makes an iconic wedding dress?
Edwina: It's a dress that's right for a personality and also reflects a designer's aesthetics. Take Kate Moss - there's a fantastic synergy between her and John Galliano. They're great friends, they understand each other and her dress is magnificent. It's beautifully made, fantastically fine material, wonderfully fine decoration. It has gold sequins which trickle down the dress into a puddle around the hem. It's got real star quality.
Grazia Daily: Do you think Kate Middleton's dress will go down in the history books?
Edwina: It was and is very influential. I'm pretty confident that the current vogue for lace was triggered by her wedding dress. It had a huge global influence. We'll all remember that dress and she looked very happy in it and relaxed and confident. The dress looked right for her and the occasion.
[Kate Middleton on her wedding day - Getty]
Grazia Daily: Do you think that an every bride's dress can be as special as a celebrity's?
Edwina: It's special to them and their family. There are dresses from 'ordinary' people in the show and every one has its own unique story. We have wedding dresses donated by women who've been divorced. They say they loved their dress but they didn't make the wisest choice of husband.
Grazia Daily: Which dress do you think is going to be the most popular?
Edwina: There's a red dress from 1938 that so many people have said is just the most beautiful colour for a wedding dress. And a war time wedding dress made from upholstery fabric. I think people will value the opportunity to see Kate Moss's dress. It's in a case where you can get your nose right up against the glass to look at it.
[Kate Moss and Jamie Hince - Getty]
Grazia Daily: Do you have a favourite?
Edwina: I do like John Galliano's Dior dress for Gwen Stefani, it's very dramatic and unconventional. There's just something about it. It really suited her and I loved the colour. Although, I find the historical dresses very, very interesting.
Grazia Daily: What can brides-to-be take away from the exhibition?
Edwina: I think it would give you a really good view to different approaches for dressing for your wedding day. I've been told headdresses are tricky and there's a terrific range in the exhibition. It might mean some people choose colour rather than white or visa versa. I think it's a joyous exhibition too. I hope it might make brides look forward to what can be quite an intimidating experience!