WEDDING DRESSES 1775 – 2014 at the V&A


Many brides begin dreaming about the perfect wedding dress long before they are even engaged. Choosing the perfect wedding dress is critical because it is the one day that all eyes will be on you. A dress that is beautiful without being too ostentatious and is also flattering to your figure will ensure that you are looking your best on your wedding day. With so many style, color and fabric options available, choosing the perfect wedding dress can be a difficult task but fortunately most brides simply know when they have found the perfect wedding dress. From the moment they put on the dress, their gut instinct tells them that this is the perfect wedding dress for them.

The most important piece of advice for shopping for the perfect wedding dress is to begin shopping for your dress at least six months before your wedding date. Finding the perfect dress can take quite a bit of time and once you find the dress, it may take up to four months for the dress to be ordered and shipped to the store. Then once the dress arrives in the store you may require several fittings to ensure that the dress fits you perfectly. You will want to take your time and enjoy shopping for your wedding dress so it is important to begin the process early so that you avoid feeling rushed and overwhelmed.

When you have found the perfect wedding dress, you will know it so now is also the time to buy the dress. Nothing is more important than your gut feeling and the reactions of your shopping partners so if you know you have the perfect dress in your hands, don’t risk losing the dress by opting to think about it for a few days before you make your purchase. There is always the chance that the last available dress will be sold or that the company will discontinue the dress so do not allow yourself to miss out on buying the perfect wedding dress by not buying it the moment you realize it is the dress for you.

If you’re planning a wedding or appreciate bridal couture you should definitely add to your diary the new V and A exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 which is an exhibition tracing the history of some of the world’s most iconic wedding dresses. Following the history of the famous white dress from the eighteenth century to modern day, this exhibition is a spectacle for the viewer. 

The exhibition traces the history of the white wedding dress and how it has been interpreted by key designers throughout history such as Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Lacroix, John Galliano and Vera Wang.“On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V and A’s superb collection.” From Norman Hartnell’s 1933 creation for the Duchess of Argyll to John Galliano’s dress for Kate Moss.

As well as a bountiful collection of prolific fashion designers, there are also dresses loaned by celebrities. On show will be the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson, as well as the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

This exhibition highlights the diversity of wedding dresses, addressing the connections between garment and bride and allowing us to see into the lives and personalities of the wearers, through their wedding style choices. This is a truly unique exhibition that is a must see this summer.

Tickets Price:£4.70 – £35.20.
Opening times are daily: 10.00 – 17:30 and Friday: 10.00 – 22.00.
Wedding Dresses at the Victoria and Albert Museum will run until the 15th of March 2015.

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