V&A: Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014

Wedding Dresses is the third consecutive exhibition Sysco have installed in the central gallery of Room 40 at the V&A. This 2014 summer exhibition traces the development of the wedding dress over the last 239 years; with a selection of dresses from the V&A’s own collection, curated by Edwina Ehrman.

This 80-dress swish down the aisle of wedding history is accompanied by a fascinating confetti sprinkle of garters, shoes, Pathé-sourced big-day videos and even – just for form’s sake – the occasional groom’s suit, too.

- Luke Leitch, The Telegraph

The exhibition spans the space of 2 floors, supported by atmospheric projections and videos of the displayed dresses in use, the exhibition is able to give an intimate and sweeping insight into the wedding experience. Particular emphasis is placed on the symbolic importance of colour on a wedding dress, evolving from the purity of white and creams into modern iconic designs worn by the likes of Dita von Teese in purple.

Dresses designed by key figures are also on display, from Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix. But there is no doubt that the focus of the exhibition is to involve the everyday bride, thus creating a global and all-encompassing spectacle of this ceremonial dress.

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