Extravagant, glamorous and romantic – every kind of wedding dress imaginable is on show at this V&A exhibition in London. Contemporary dresses on display run the gamut from the formal Anna Valentine silk coat worn by the Duchess of Cornwall to the iconoclastic purple Vivienne Westwood creation chosen by burlesque star Dita Von Teese. Also shown are dresses by Gareth Pugh, Lanvin, Temperley Bridal, Vera Wang and Osman.
Some early examples include a silk-satin court dress from 1775, while the 1920s and 1930s designs feature opulently-beaded, textured fabrics and slinky, bias-cut shapes. A London wartime example is a buttercup-print dress made in 1941 during rationing – thriftily, in lightweight upholstery fabric − by dressmaker Ella Dolling. A section about society and celebrity weddings completes this overview – not just for would-be brides, though they will love it no doubt.