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V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

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I visited the Wedding Dresses (1775-2014) exhibition at the V&A last week. It was a fantastic display of bridal fashions ranging from incredibly wide 1700s dresses which would make you turn sideways to get through doorways (I explained that really badly, I mean this kind type of thing), to modern day celebrity wedding dresses.

The annoying thing was that you weren’t permitted to take photographs or even sketch the dresses! I have no idea why, and it was all very annoying, so I’m afraid I haven’t been able to take any photos of the wedding dresses featured in the exhibition. I have taken lots more photos though, which hopefully you’ll like just as much, and you can see some of the dresses in my Pinterest gallery below.

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The dresses which really stood out tome were the famous modern dresses. They had the amazing 1930s-inspired Galliano dress Kate Moss wore when she got married, Dita Von Teese’s magnificent purple Vivienne Westwood gown and Gwen Stefani’s ombre pink and white wedding dress by John Galliano in 2002.

Here are my main observations about the exhibition (click on the links to see photos):

Here’s how the rest of my day went…

Lunch at the V&A

Lunch, V&A style. A Gruyere and ham baguette and a cup of Earl Grey – v nice!

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The central quad of the V&A where I sat to have lunch. Looks like spring has finally arrived!

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£12 entry but you’re not allowed to take photos. Grrrr….

 

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Me not feeding the pigeons

 

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An amazing glass chandelier (or maybe just a sculpture?) in the entrance hall

 

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I wandered up some stairs and discovered the Simon Sainsbury Gallery, which was amazing and filled with random medieval artefacts

 

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Casts of heads from Salisbury Cathedral 1260-1280 with a bit of medieval staircase in the background

 

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The full and rather magnificent oak staircase

 

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German door from about 1400. Pine covered with sheet iron.

 

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Pair of doors from 1200-1300

 

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Oak doorway from C. 1500-30

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Even the staircases are works of art!

 

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The plaster courts are full of Victorian copies of famous sculptures back from a time when it was OK to take plaster casts of Michelangelo’s David…

 

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Michelangelo’s David’s feet with the gilded doors of the Baptistry of Florence Cathedral behind

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Yes, £2 for a can of coke *sigh*

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The V&A has a great gift shop, so I couldn’t resist treating myself…

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I didn’t take down the details of this sculpture of a little girl, but I came across her on my way out – isn’t she delightful?

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4 thoughts on “V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

  1. Helene Fallows

    Flower bomb for me I think. I went to the 80s club to catwalk exhibition there 2013, no pics rule there too. I’m sure it’s to encourage you to buy post cards & souvenir books….which I can see you did! Lovely bracelet. helene@revivalvintage

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    • Mary, WHV

      The Flower bomb dress was amazing Helene – so spectacular! I’m frustrated about the book I bought though – it doesn’t actually have all of the dresses in there. It’s a more general book about wedding fashions with just half a dozen of the exhibition dresses in there. Wish I’d saved some money and bought the post-card book of the exhibits instead now! Still tempted to go and see their Alexander McQueen exhibition though, but I’ll wait until the crows have calmed down a little first!

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