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Sparkling Occasions

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 […]

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Going away outfits

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 […]

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Revealed: Creating undergarments for a Gucci dress

The Peek-a-Boo evening dress, so called because of its revealing cut out feature and provocatively low neckline, was designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2004/5 collection, Ford’s last collection for Gucci. The dress is made of white silk jersey and gathers the plunging neckline with the help of a round ornament with two dragon’s […]

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Floral Flourishes

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 […]

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With All My Hartnell

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 […]

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You May Now Kiss the Bride

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 […]

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Lucky Charms

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 […]

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Seeing the Brides Before their Big Day

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 […]

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Innovation and Individuality for a 1960s Bride

The installation team for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 have now moved onto the mezzanine level of the gallery space, and one of the first objects to be installed is one that demonstrates how individuality became a key feature of outfits worn by modern brides from the 1960s onwards. Pictured above are Jewellery Designers Wendy Ramshaw and […]

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There Go The Brides – The Installation Begins

At long last the final preparations for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 have begun. The early part of last week saw us moving objects out of Textile Conservation and into the newly decorated gallery spaces, ready for installation. As well as moving the recently conserved and mounted objects, we have also been taking delivery of all the […]

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