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.

Technician Nikki Breen leads the first of many trolley convoys as we move the dresses to the gallery. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As well as moving the recently conserved and mounted objects, we have also been taking delivery of all the garments which have been held in storage since their international tour.

Making the long journey from the stores to the galleries. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

With the objects moved to the galleries, the installation team have begun filling the cases in the downstairs section of the gallery, and making the final adjustments to the garments.

What goes where? The installation team check the case layouts before installing more objects. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Arranging the objects in ‘The Victorian Wedding’ section. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

With things progressing well, we should be ready to move onto the mezzanine level soon, where the beautiful showcases are still looking very empty!

These beautiful new showcases await the arrival of the garments dating from 1960-2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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