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Here Comes The Bride

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Kate Moss’s wedding dress designed by John Galliano, made with 270,000 sequins.

The main attraction of a wedding is, and always will be, the dress. A bride can look for months on end searching for their big day’s wardrobe-aiming to bring their individual flavor to the elegance of traditional bridal gowns. And when celebrity gowns go down the aisle, they transform from these individual fashions into global trends. “Wedding Dresses: 1775-2014” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London examines and highlights these revolutionary gowns that keep the image of the ideal wedding dress evolving: featuring some of the most romantic, glamorous and downright jaw-dropping outfits to ever see an aisle.

The exhibition, which opened in May (in time for wedding season, natch) at London’s V&A Museum, features more than 80 gowns that will serve as inspiration for brides-to-be and a source for oohing and aahing for the rest of us. These dresses include the museum’s own collection of wedding outfits as well as new acquisitions and loans.

As you make your way through the two-floor exhibition, follow the timeline of bridal wear (including pieces by designers Christian Lacroix, Gareth Pugh, Jenny Packham and Charles James) from 1960s British socialite Margaret, Duchess of Argyll silk satin gown with an embroidered 18-foot train for her wedding to Charles Sweeny, Dita von Teese’s daring purple gown by Vivienne Westwood for her wedding to Marilyn Manson.

The contemporary portion of bridal history includes Gwen Stefani’s custom Dior ombré gown for her wedding to Gavin Rossdale by John Galliano. Kate Moss’s wedding dress, featuring 270,000 sequins, also by John Galliano, almost single-handedly launched the Deco, Gatsby wedding craze.

Of course, we all think of Royals when it comes to the most buzzed about wedding attire. And this show has plenty of coverage of the looks that accompanied these Royal nuptials, from Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and King George VI, to Prince Charles and Diana Spencer to our modern-day Royals, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

For those who can’t make it across the pond to take in the piles of tulle, satin and sequins, visit Books & Books Bal Harbour to pick up the book accompanying the show, “The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions,” by exhibition curator Edwina Ehrman.


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