Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014

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Currently on at the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum is the exhibition, Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014. As soon as I had seen it advertised I popped a message over to my arty farty friend Char who I knew would love it.
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Ashamedly, this was my first visit to the V & A. I’ve never been to it’s neighbour The Science Museum either. I must admit as a child, the wonders of the Natural History Museum just stole my attention every time.
For those of you who haven’t been either, or don’t really know what the V & A is about, then they say it is

the world’s greatest museum of art and design

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If you’re like me, and have never been, I do recommend it if only to appreciate the stunning building, the courtyard is fabulous with a little sunshine.
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This is a fascinating sculpture that hangs above the information desk. I love it, however I’m not 100% sure it works with it’s surroundings.

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They had a free exhibition on about Shakespeare. It was very nicely put together but I was hoping for some older material to be included, it was mainly artefacts of Shakespeare productions, a long time after his death.

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The exhibition came out near their theatrical section, so we wandered through, fantasising that Char could be making this kind of thing when she graduates.

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I couldn’t help but take home this wonderful William Morris print coffee cup.

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To satisfy my need for old things, we killed some time in the more Medieval and Early Modern galleries until our timed slot for the exhibition.

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Now onto the main event! I know that the pictures are not wonderful, but they were the best I could do whilst in stealth mode, avoiding the grumpy security guards.

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The exhibit is laid out chronologically, allowing you to see the different developments in the design.

Such a fabulous train!

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This is the dress with the fabulous train, I didn’t find the actual dress that fabulous..

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The lace was just stunning.

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I adored all the pearl detailing on this one.

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Looks a tad painful!

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I would love to have a strut about in a dress like this,

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I must have forgotten to take a picture, but the exhibition showed some great examples of wedding dresses during the wars, and how they compromised during such a hard time.

This was my absolute favourite from the exhibition.

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On the top floor of the exhibition is more modern examples.

Here is Kate Moss’ dress, I loved all the sequins along the bottom, but I wasn’t overly blown away by the whole dress itself.

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Now this was just spectacular.

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After sufficiently gawping at all of the elegant designs, Char and I headed over to Dub Jam in Covent Garden, but that deserves a blog post all of its own!

This exhibition is on all the way until the 15th March 2015 and so you have plenty of time to go see it. It’s definitely not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was a lovely, girly, day out, and if my pictures take your fancy, I’m sure you will love it!

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2 responses to “Wedding Dresses: 1775 – 2014

    • They were! Although in the exhibition is also Dita Von Teese’s wedding dress which is bright purple (unfortunately didn’t get a picture), it wasn’t classic but was certainly fabulous!

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