Wedding dresses at the V&A

dress1This is an unexpectedly delicious and compact exhibition, full of emotion and fabulousness. It starts off quietly on the ground floor, with 18th Century wedding dresses, they wore white too and some of the lace is amazing. Films behind some of the dresses put them in context. There are some really moving stories about some of the dresses. One bride, a maid, is quoted as saying she chose purple as at 35 she thought she was too old to wear white. She made the dress herself and the needlework is exquisite. Another dress was made out of upholstery material because of rationing after the Second World War. Climb the steps to the top floor and it is high octane glamour, from short and flirty 1960’s Bardot-style with a shiny silver collar to a billowing purple dress by Vivienne Westwood for Dita Von Teese (pic). It is a happy and uplifting show. On now until 15th March, tickets £12.

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