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Susanna Cordner

Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
When researching this exhibition, we did a survey of which months were the most popular for weddings among our selection of dresses and the nearly 240 years they cover. While July proved the most popular month, with nine weddings and one date on which two weddings were held, the only other double up of dates fell in June. Although the weddings were 36 years apart, on the 18th June both Edith Hope...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
We’ve all been a little over excited this week in the build up to a certain surprise. When Jonathan Lim took his girlfriend Sunhye Moon to see ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ on Thursday afternoon, little did she know she’d be leaving the exhibition as a bride to be.Jonathan had really done his research, and had already come to the exhibition before he discussed how and where...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
In a recent interview, I was asked to select the ‘must see’ piece of the exhibition. Part of the beauty of wedding dresses is that every individual has a different idea of what the dream – or ‘must see’ – item will be. This idea offers me something of a scapegoat for my difficulty in choosing – by ‘must see’, would the reader like to know my...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
Before it reached London, ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ was part of the V&A’s touring exhibition programme. Over four years, it was shown in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. While new pieces have been added to the displays of the exhibition in its current incarnation, some garments from the tour have now returned to us in order to be stored.Due to the fragile material...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
It feels almost inevitable that every year the Spring/Summer fashion collections will feature more than a sprinkling of floral designs. Whether the trend be couture cut to mimic the formation of petals or tea dresses decorated in ditsy prints, there’s something about flowers and the longer, warmer days they follow which makes us want clothes to match. Bringing with them associations of...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
A couple of days before the exhibition launched, I had a surprise – but very welcome – visitor. Mrs Laurel Robinson, formerly Laurel Heath, one of the bride’s whose dresses we have on display, had flown in from her home in Ibiza to attend the Private View, and just couldn’t wait any longer to take a look around.We were really touched that so many of the men and women who...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
As the exhibition opened on Saturday, it has been a hectic – but thrilling – couple of weeks for all the team.As part of the press push before the exhibition opened, we held a photo call in the exhibition space. For this, designer Ian Stuart and his team came to the museum and kindly loaned us a wedding dress for the model Jenny Bishop to wear. It was great to have Ian involved as his...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
The history of wedding dress is one steeped in symbolism. An act of tradition or of superstition, the decoration of garments worn by both brides and grooms often communicate customary hopes for their future life. Now that launch week is upon us, it seemed a good moment to explore these traditions with some examples in our collection – and, in doing so, to hopefully bring our brides some...
Author: Susanna Cordner (Curatorial Assistant for 'Wedding Dresses 1775-2014')
The curation of an exhibition is a collaboration between many museum departments and professionals, each with their own set role and expertise. When the exhibition includes loans or contemporary pieces, that collaboration extends to include key lenders and designers, in order to incorporate them in the decision making process. As the installation progresses and nears completion for ‘Wedding...