UPDATE: In a new Telegraph article about the wedding exhibition,the show’s curator Edwina Ehrman is quoted as saying that Gwen’s gown ”is probably my favourite. It is fantastically dramatic, designed to look almost as if someone has tried to pull it off her on the way to the wedding.”
From a full-skirted frock of ivory Spitalfields silk worn by a rural Hampshire bride in 1780 through to the flesh-flashing, Pam Hogg-designed gown chosen by socialite Lady Mary Charteris last year, the V&A’s Wedding Dress exhibition will chart the evolution of the most symbolically loaded garment in the female’s wardrobe.
Highlights include the judiciously understated steely-blue chiffon dress and coat by Anna Valentine chosen by the Duchess of Cornwall for the blessing of her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 2005. Shown alongside it will be radical, red-dyed, off-the-shoulder dress worn by the singer Gwen Stefani in 2002. Designed by John Galliano before his fall from Dior this dress, said the show’s curator Edwina Ehrman: “is probably my favourite. It is fantastically dramatic, designed to look almost as if someone has tried to pull it off her on the way to the wedding.” The exhibit will also show the “very restrained” Dior suit worn by Stefani’s husband Gavin Rossdale.
A few UK fans have asked us when the White Wedding Dress Exhibition,which of course includes Gwen and Gavin’s donated wedding attire and which has been displayed at museums around the world the last couple of years,would be arriving at London’s V & A Museum–it was scheduled to be there in February of this year but fans who visited the V & A at that time reported that it was not on display. Now,thanks to Ri’chard for the info,we now know that the exhibition will officially open at the V & A on May 3,2014 and will remain there until March 15,2015. We hope that the UK fans who have been waiting to see Gwen’s breathtaking Galliano wedding gown can hold out a little longer! More information about the exhibition is here. 😉