Nuptial Numbers: Fashion’s Favorite Wedding Dresses at the V&A
Gareth Pugh, Katie Shillingford, Stephen Jones.
Gareth Pugh and crew clinked exquisite cut-glass Waterford Crystal flutes of champagne, as cocurator Stephen Jones told guests they may kiss the bride, to signal the opening of the V&A’s Wedding Dresses 1775-2014.
The new exhibition features an historic edit of spectacular gowns, bursting with highlights such as Kate Moss’ ravishing, jewel-encrusted John Galliano fairy-tale dream (train pictured, above left), Vogue editor Marit Allen’s 1966 minidress and coat by John Bates for Jean Varon in cotton gabardine and silver PVC (above right), and, my personal favorite, former London editor for American Vogue Pamela Colin’s Empire-line lace gown by Jean Muir with scalloped veil (below right), for her 1969 wedding to Lord Harlech, when she became Lady Pamela Harlech.
Pugh created the dove-gray slashed-chiffon silk wedding dress with rippling waterfall train and Stephen Jones veil in 2011 (above left), for his show stylist and good friend Katie Shillingford’s marriage to music producer Alex Dromgoole. Mary Charteris reunited with the indomitable Pam Hogg, who designed her wedding dress. The pair are seen below posing in front of the paneled bodysuit-style costume with layered tulle skirt, which Charteris wore for her marriage to musician Robbie Furze.
For more information, visit www.vam.ac.uk.
Photos: Courtesy of Mandi Lennard