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London's V&A to display wedding gowns of 1775-2014 period
Apr '14
c: V&A Museum/Norman Hartnell (1933)
c: V&A Museum/Norman Hartnell (1933)
An exhibit chronicling the change in sartorial preferences of British brides in terms of wedding fashion over the past 240 years is soon going to take place at London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum.
Dubbed as ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’, the event aims to trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its interpretation by leading couturiers like Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang.
Curated by Edwina Ehrman, the display, divided chronologically in two floors with the oldest ones taking precedence first, will showcase more than 80 extravagant wedding outfits, worn by the royal family members and famous celebrities of Britain and other places, from the V&A’s collection.
Slated to take place from May 3, 2014, to March 15, 2015, the spring exhibit’s major attractions will include the famous dove-grey silk Anna Valentine gown, worn by the Duchess of Cornwall at her 2005 wedding to Prince Charles, and the bright purple Vivienne Westwood dress, donned by Dita von Teese during her marriage to Marylin Manson.
Some of the oldest pieces of the display will include an 1890 corded silk gown, worn by Cara Leland Huttleston Rogersin, a silk brocade dress, sported by Jane Bailey in 1780 and an embroidered silk satin Norman Hartnell gown with an 18 foot-long-train, donned by Margaret Whigham (the Duchess of Argyll) at her marriage to Charles Sweeny in 1933.
In addition to the dresses, the exhibition will also highlight the history of the outfits, along with some insight into the life of the wearer, as well as accessories including jewellery, shoes, garters, veils, wreaths, hats, corsetry, and fashion sketches and personal photographs.

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