Also on display in the exhibition will be gowns by celebrated designers, including Vera Wang, Norman Hartnell, Christian Dior, Zandra Rhodes, Lanvin and Lacroix. Also included are sumptuous wedding dresses worn by celebrities Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani.
The exhibition will be on until 6 November 2011 at the Bendigo , a regional Australian city located 93 miles from Melbourne.
The White Wedding Dress Exhibition
The White Wedding Dress presents the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s superb collection. Every woman wants to look beautiful for her wedding and today the traditional, Western European white wedding dress is the garment of choice for brides across countries and cultures. This exhibition asks why and how this has happened.
CREATING TRADITIONS 1800 TO 1850
Embroidered muslin wedding dress, lined with silk, British, 1834. Probably worn by Mary-Anne-Grace Quin who married Herbert Mayo on 3 November 1834 in London
THE VICTORIAN BRIDE 1850 TO 1900
Silk gauze wedding dress, British, 1874. Worn by Lucretia Crouch for her marriage to Benjamin Seebohm at the Friends’ Meeting House, Clevedon on 10 September 1874.
ARTISTIC STYLES 1900 TO 1930
Embroidered silk satin wedding dress and train by Liberty & Co. Ltd, London, 1906-8.
THE SOCIETY WEDDING
Embroidered silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, London, 1933. Commissioned by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny on 21 February 1933.
Silk gauze dress, 1938. Worn by Monica Maurice for her marriage to Dr Arthur Newton Jackson at the Chapel of Our Lady in Rotheram, Yorkshire.
INNOVATION AND INDIVIDUALITY
Wedding dress and coat designed by John Bates for his Jean Varon label, London, 1966. Cotton gabardine trimmed with silvered PVC. Worn by Marit Allen for her marriage to Sandy Lieberson in London on 10 June 1966.
NOSTALGIA AND ROMANCE
Pleated silk wedding dress and coat, net veil decorated with silicone rubber, by Ian & Marcel, London, 1989.
THE CELEBRITY WEDDING AND CATWALK FINALE
Wedding dress designed by Vera Wang for her spring 2007 bridal collection. Tissue organza and satin faced organza. Worn by Katie Bella Turner for her marriage to Andrew Robert Hayward on 26 August 2007 in Setauket, USA.