Monday, 28 July 2014

Wedding Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

If you read my blog a lot, you will know that my best friend Sam is getting married.  So way back at the beginning of the year we booked to go and see the Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum and this is where I was heading this weekend.

I love walking into the Victoria and Albert museum, the building itself is a work of art, both inside and out and then you have the glorious chandelier by Dale Chihuly welcoming you in the foyer.


Before we headed into the exhibition, we had bought tickets for afternoon tea, so we sat down to eat in their stunning cafeteria and afterwards had a paddle in their pool they have in The John Madejski Garden.  I got suprise splashed by one of the children in the pool too, which was definitely one of the highlights of the day.  After laughing for a good few minutes we calmed ourselves down and had a slow walk through to see the exhibition.








There were some beautiful dresses at the exhibition, including some lent to the exhibition by Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani.  But my favourite by far has to have been the dress below, which had the most impressive train on it.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/wedding-dress-1775-2014/wedding-dress-1775-2014-about-the-exhibition/

The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933, given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/dec/08/sex-scandal-duchess-argyll-wedding-dresses-v-and-a
 
The thing that we were so amazed at throughout the whole exhibition though, was the size of the brides who had worn the dresses.  They were tiny.  I also loved the illustrations of the bridal dresses, the fabric samples with directives written on them, saved by the dressmakers themselves and the way the shoes, so delicate in white satin and silk had survived not only the day of the wedding but the centuries that had passed since then.

If you have the time, then I would definitely suggest grabbing some tickets for the exhibition, as there is a lot more to see and do while you are there besides the bridal exhibition.

After you are finished in the museum, there is lots to do around the area too, the National History Museum is only a few steps away.  Or if like Sam and myself, dinosaurs aren't totally your thing, you can always have a short walk down to Harrods. 

En route, we stopped off at the cutest little pub to refresh too, which I would recommend if you want to have some lunch outside the museum.  We didn't actually eat inside, but the food smelt and looked amazing.


Check back in tomorrow to hear some more about our day and later for some of the treats that we found in Harrods, including a review of the new Clinique chubby stick and The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Harrods...

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