Dating right back to the 1700s, the V&A hosted an array of over 70 wedding dresses and many accessories, hoping to inform its audience on the traditions, superstitions and inspirations behind some of the most famous gowns worn on a woman’s special day. The exhibition did not only educate people on the ancient tradition of the wedding ceremony, but accompanying the dress collection was the exclusive and in-depth tales of how the celebrities came to chose their unique dresses and what inspired the designers of such one-off gowns.
The installation has been shown worldwide and finally came to London. Behind the glass cases stand an array of historic, romantic and nostalgic designs worn and created only by the most beauteous women throughout the past two centuries. The incredible collection featured the original Norman Hartnell dress worn by Margaret Duchess of Argyll, which is certainly something old. We got to gaze right down the spectrum of white, cream and ivory with a few something blues, including the infamous purple surprise worn (and on loan) from Dita Von Teese for something borrowed. Of course Gwen Stefani’s red dip-dyed dress was also there representing something (very) new! And of course, no wedding dress exhibition would be complete without a Vera Wang number and of course a beautifully over the top Vivienne Westwood dress.
The installation ran until 15th May, 2015 and featured wedding gowns from 1775-2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Old Tat loved to see these less than tatty old wedding dresses in all of their splendour!
Words by Loo Loo Rose