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The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (Hardback)

 

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This sumptuous book draws on wedding garments in the V&A's collection, photographs, letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts and genealogical research to explore the history of the wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it from 1700 to the present day. It focuses on the white wedding dress which became fashionable in the early nineteenth century and is worn today by women across the world. The book considers the way couturiers and designers have challenged and refreshed the traditional white wedding dress and the influence of the wedding industry, whose antecedents lie in the commercialization of the wedding in Victorian Britain. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride. This book is a glorious tribute to an exquisite, stylish, glamorous gown, the romance of its evolution and the splendour of its design.

Publisher: V & A Publishing
Format: Hardback | 208 pages
Dimensions: 250mm x 318mm x 24mm | 1,501g
Publication date: 1 September 2011
Publication City/Country: London
ISBN 10: 1851775064
ISBN 13: 9781851775064
Illustrations note: 185 colour illustrations