BATD ON Jan 02, 2014 AT 9:16 am

by Annie Vischer

Vivienne Westwood wedding dress

Vivienne Westwood wedding dress

The Victoria & Albert museum have revealed their plans for the highly anticipated exhibition that will run from May 2014 to March 2015. The collection will document influential wedding dresses from 1775 right up until the present day. That’s one girl friendly tour! Designers that are set to feature make a list of those inevitable names most associated with the beautiful creations young women all over the world long for, John Galliano, Christian La Croix and of course the wedding fairy godmother herself, Vera Wang.

One of the earliest designs to feature in the collection is a dress worn by a countryside bride in Hampshire in 1780. Full-skirted and made of ivory Spitalfields silk, this is one of the fairytale style silhouettes that pervaded the storybooks of our childhood, and incredible to think that so long ago it transformed a rural girl of ordinary origins into a princess for the day. It seems wedding dresses had exactly the same magical effect hundreds of years ago as they do today.

Lady Mary Charteris

Lady Mary Charteris

Contemporary tradition-challenging dresses also feature. The Vivienne Westwood sensation that was Dita Von Teese’s choice of attire for her marriage to Marilyn Manson in 2005 marks a point in the notable wedding dress timeline, as does the more recent Pam Hogg cut-away dress worn by wild-child-bride Lady Mary Charteris last year.

Whilst you might have a little trouble towing the men folk along for the fairytale journey through matrimonial glamour (send them away to look at the big guns and artefacts maybe?), this exhibition is one not to miss. It promises to be a cave of wonders for young day-dreaming girls, a sparkling sea of inspiration for brides to me and a history-rich depiction of the role of the iconic wedding dress for the fashion savvy crowd.

We can’t wait to skip over ourselves and indulge our fashion (and romanticist) sensibilities.

Wedding Dresses 1775 -2014 will be at the V&A from May 2014 -15 March 2015. Tickets cost £12, concessions available and members go free. To book visit www.vam.ac.uk or call 020 7420 9736.

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