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A Romantic Frame of Mind

Honiton lace veil, 1865 © V&A Collection

As well as placing the bride in a slight state of mystery for her groom as the ceremony commences, a wedding veil flatters and frames the woman’s face. As in all aspects of wedding wear tradition, a veil must balance style with symbolism. As the ideal of a well to do young bride in white […]

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Falbalas and Fanfreluches Part 2: Love Story

George Barbier. “Elle et Lui”. 1921.

This is another instalment of George Barbier’s illustrations from his luxury collector’s magazine Falbalas et Fanfreluches. One of his favourite themes was the interplay between people, with a strong romantic undercurrent. So here are some of Barbier’s prints telling romantic stories – of several varieties!   Love in the autumn…   “The stolen kiss” over […]

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A Georgian Romance

White muslin dress worn by Mary Dalton Norcliffe, 1807

If you have ever watched a Jane Austen period drama, the style of the white muslin wedding dress worn by Mary Dalton Norcliffe in 1807 will appear as something of a familiar sight. The Georgian period endures as a symbol of British gentry and romance, and its fashions in particular continue to carry these associations. […]

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Detail of flower motif on needle lace veil, Belgian, 1890

If you’re a Twitter-er, you might have spotted already that at 2pm on Wednesday 6th August I will be doing a Q&A on the V&A’s account. So, if you have any questions for me, be they about wedding dresses or the curatorial process, please tweet them in and I will do my best to answer them […]

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In a State of Undress

Wedding dress designed by John Galliano, worn by Gwen Stefani, 2002

While Victorian values have left white wedding dresses with associations of purity, some modern brides choose designs which celebrate their physicality instead. When Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale on 14 September 2002, she wore a John Galliano couture dress which gave just such an impression. At the time, Gwen stated that ‘when I got engaged, […]

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