The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions - the exhibition catalogue from V&A available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions

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'Each gown is a fairytale in aspic' - The Evening Standard

The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions

Accompanying the popular 2014/5 exhibition at London's V&A, this sumptuous book looks at the history of wedding dresses and the traditions that have developed around them since 1700.

Featuring nearly 200 high quality images, the catalogue links wedding outfits in the V&A's collection to contemporary accounts of weddings found in diaries, letters, memoirs and newspapers to create a chronological survey of bridal fashion.

The book is organised into six chapters, entitled: Silver and White, 1700-90; The White Wedding Dress, 1790-1840; Commercializing the White Wedding, 1840-1914; Towards the Modern, 1914-45; Ready-to-wear, 1945-90; Choosing White, 1990s to the present

Meticulously researched, the book offers readers the opportunity to learn more about the intertwined topics of fashion and cultural history. Recommended to anyone with an interest in fashion history or a passion about bridal wear.

Look through the book.

  • Authors: Edwina Ehrman, Curator of Textiles and Fashion at V&A 
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Date published:  May 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851777839
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 24.8 x 2.2 cm

★★★★★ 'Each gown is a fairytale in aspic' - The Evening Standard

★★★★ 'Entertaining and inspirational' - The Upcoming

'a must-see exhibition at the V&A, which tells the story of the mainly white, but occasionally coloured or sprigged, British wedding dress, from the 18th century to the present day' - Country Life