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The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

has recently opened its much anticipated exhibition

Wedding Dresses, 1775  – 2014

curated by Edwina Ehrman

and

beautifully staged in the bi -levelled Fashion Gallery

(image from elleuk.com):

   Vand A fashion wedd dress elleuk.com

second level:   Fashion Gallery –  Victoria and Albert Museum

Wedding Dresses  exhibition

With gorgeously crafted

wedding attire:  gowns, suits, accessories

many exclusively designed for royalty and celebrity-

the show is a must see.

(image from en.vogue.fr):

VandA 1780 silk wedding dress straw hat satin shoes worn by Jane bailey

All in silk: brocade wedding dress, straw hat, satin shoes

worn by Jane Bailey, 1780 

(image from vanity fair.com):

Vand A silk:satin boots 1880© from vanityfair.com

silk satin ankle boots, circa 1880

(images from en.vogue.com):

VandA wedding shoes silk:leather bought from Peter Robinson ltd 1914 worn by Phyllis  Blai

silk and leather shoes, 1914

Vand A Norman Hartnell 1933 worn by Margaret Whigham

embroidered silk satin dress

by designer, Norman Hartnell 

worn by Margaret Whigham, 1933

(image from totally4Women):

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On display, Victoria and Albert Museum

side perspective of Norman Hartnell design-

boasts a 3.6 metre train (almost 12 feet)

(image from en.vogue.com):

V and A dress by Charles James, London 1934 worn by Barbara Beaton from en.vogue.fr_exposition_wedding_dresses_1775_2014__180136430_north_883x.1

by designer, Charles James

worn by Barbara Beaton, 1934

(image from glamour.com):

Vand A worn by Elizabeth King upholstery fabric 1941 from glamour.com

Made from soft upholstery fabric

(due to wartime rationing practices)

worn by Elizabeth King, 1941

(image from vanity fair.com):

VandA wedding dresses from vanityfair.com

At knee length,  1950s

in 1952 Vogue Magazine had classified wedding dresses

into two categories:  

traditional, full, long, satin

and

short, formal-  as here featured

(images from glamour.com):

Vand A gwen stefani from glamour.com

by designer, John Galliano

worn by Gwen Stefani, 2002

Vand A dita von tesse from glamour.com

Bird of Paradise dress

by designer, Vivienne Westwood

worn by Dita von Tesse,  2005

VandA Philip Treacy London 2008 for Nina Farnell-Watson satin tiara

silk tiara

designed by milliner Philip Treacy

worn by Nina Furnell-Watson, 2008

Vand A Kate Moss from glamour.com

by designer, John Galliano

worn by Kate Moss, 2011

Wedding Dresses:  1775 – 2014

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

until 15 March 2015