Saturday, July 9, 2011

The White Wedding Dress

Sure its not quiet August yet but already I'm planning a road trip to Bendigo to the Bendigo Art Gallery for the White Wedding Dress exhibition.

"Wedding dresses also unlock memories and awaken emotions. Lovingly preserved, sometimes by several generations, their fabric and form conjure up the physical presence of the bride on one of the most momentous days of her life and form a tangible link between past and present. This exhibition highlights the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an insight into their circumstances and fashion choices." from Bendigo Art Gallery

According to the website the exhibition comprises over more than 40 wedding outfits, including those of bridegrooms, alongside a selection of accessories including wreaths, veils, hats, shoes, corsetry and lingerie. Reproductions of contextual material, such as wedding photographs, will be shown alongside exhibits to assist in telling the story of the wearer. Also on display in the exhibition will be gowns by celebrated designers, including Vera Wang, Norman Hartnell, Christian Dior, Zandra Rhodes, Lanvin and Lacroix. Also included are sumptuous wedding dresses worn by celebrities Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani.

And we all know I'm a sucker for a vintage wedding dress but this exhibition will be well worth the 2 hour drive from my little house in Melbourne. Not to mention I will have attended the stunning The Way We Wear Fair the weekend prior and will still be floating on a dream of lace and taffeta.

Hopefully I can also help organize a group tour; probably with the VVLCG (Victorian Vintage Lingerie and Clothing Group) I'm part of, so if your interested please let me know and we can make a day of it all you vintage lovers.

Admission fees apply for this exhibition


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