Victoria and Albert Museum to open wedding dress exhibit this month
Unveiling the history of an iconic ensemble
The renowned Victoria and Albert Museum is blossoming this spring, not only with a large-scale exhibition dedicated to the history and glamour of Italian fashion, but with a fresh and more sentimental show entitled Wedding Dresses 1775–2014.
Running from May 3 until March 15 next year, the exhibition will showcase everything one must know about white dresses — from when the colour white became socially acceptable to the increased media attention on high-profile weddings — and why this dress continues to capture the creative imagination around the world.
The chronology allows for the exhibit to show how weddings have evolved over time – alongside many of the delicate gowns are films or photographs of the bride who wore them and drawings of the buildings in which the couples were married, while there are also outfits worn by grooms and bridesmaids on display.
The unique exhibition was worked on for five years by curator Edwina Ehrman, bringing in many new pieces for the museum's archive along the way and adding to its extensive collection of wedding fashion.
Ehrman stated she was particularly thrilled to acquire wedding pieces from Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Dita Von Teese, Katie Shillingford and Mary Charteris. "I set out to tell the story of the white wedding dress from the late 18th century onward, as there is very little written evidence of it before then," she added.
The exhibition explores trends of the times — showing influences by celebrities and society — from the drop-waists of the 1920s and ultra-glamourous designs of the 1930s to the growth of more innovative and unconventional looks in today's world of fashion.
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 runs from May 3 until March 15, 2015, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London