Today is a sad day because I’m missing the preview of the V&A’s latest exhibition, Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014. Having spent the past year as Editor at a wedding magazine, I’ve become quite accustomed to discussing all things wedding related and I must admit – I miss it! Having just submitted a guest blog post on vintage weddings for It’s All In The Detail (I’ll Tweet the link once live), the timing is really rather apt and has got me thinking about weddings all over again!
The V&A exhibition shows the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and how it has been intepreted by the world’s most famous designers (think Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang) and offers a vast view of bridal fashion over the last two centuries. TWO CENTURIES! Think back to all the famous wedding dresses and how the fashions changed throughout – from Grace Kelly to Bianca Jagger and Kate Moss. Celebrity gowns are on show throughout the exhibit (the purple Vivienne Westwood gown worn by Dita von Teese when she married Marilyn Manson and the ombre pink Dior gown Gwen Stefani wore to marry Gavin Rossdale are just two) but, as much as this excites me, my recent love affair with Downton Abbey (I know, it’s so three years ago) makes me more upset to miss the bridal gowns from bygone eras. This exhibit goes back to 1775, so the variety of gowns on show must be immense!
Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014 runs from 3rd May 2014 until 15 March 2015, so I do hope that I will manage to see it at some stage. However, for now, I pay homage to the V&A’s undoubtedly beautiful exhibition by selecting my top picks from Jenny Packham‘s SS14 bridal collection. Sigh.
My favourite, Etta