The V&A spring exhibition is the celebration of the dress most little girls dream of wearing, the wedding dress. The V&A wedding dresses 1775-2014 celebrates the traditional white dress to the modern from leading couturiers and designers over the last two centuries. The space starts with the earliest examples of wedding fashion including a silk satin brocade gown, which was lent by the Chertsey museum, displayed with the original hat and shoes. The style reflected a romantic look for a country wedding, worn by a wealthy farmers daughter. The mezzanine level features wedding garments from 1960 right up to date with designs by a breadth of fashion houses celebrated for their wedding gowns such as Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix, Jenny Packham, to name a few with millinery by Philip Treacy.
It was fascinating to see how wedding styles have evolved, but still maintained the element of glamour, the idea of the unconvention solely dependant upon the time. I wonder how guests of an 1800 wedding would have reacted to Gareth Pugh and Pam Hogg designs? Would there have been gasps at the silk dip dye pink of Gwen Stefani Galliano gown? and straight up outrage and whispers of scarlet woman, at the vibrant silky purple of the Dita Von Teese Vivienne Westwood corseted dress? I don’t think they would have batted an eyelid at Kate Moss Dior gown although it would have been considered an evening dress because it had no sleeves.
You will enjoy the wedding dresses exhibition as a designer who continuously looks to build their knowledge in all aspects of design, a bride to be looking for inspiration, or just the chance to relish in the finer details of your fashion heroes. I loved the Gwen Stefani dress, but loved it even more seeing closes up the floral details on the veil, the corseted back and matching perfectly the pink hue to her Dior shoes.
The exhibition is set to open 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015