The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions

The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions

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From the romance of its evolution to the splendor of its design, the wedding dress is unlike any other garment, a talisman from a fantasy world, the manifestation of dreams coming true. This book draws on wedding garments in the V&A’s renowned collection along with photographs, letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts to explore the history of the white wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it from 1700 to today, when designers from Vera Wang to Vivienne Westwood continue to challenge the aesthetic. Paintings, drawings, and wedding photos depict queens, princesses, celebrities, and everyday women—including Kate Middleton—in their gowns. The text considers the dress in the context of the commercialization of weddings that began in the Victorian era. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride.

Title:The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781851775064
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    The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions Reviews

  • Kirsten

    OK I didn't read the text, just the odd snippet but adored the photos. There's something so magical about brides, grooms and those gorgeous gowns. Includes a snapshot of Winston Churchill looking rath...

  • Lisa

    I thought that when I got this book it was going to be so awesome, I was wrong. It was such a big let down. I am really big into fashion and I really love the history of fashion. I thought that that i...

  • Carolyn Page

    This is a great resource for Bridal fashion: lots of glossy pictures as well as some genuinely interesting text that, while remaining technical as far as design terms, still is accessible for someone ...

  • Melanie Garcia

    I bought this book from waterstones the week I got engaged. I was absolutely fascinated to see how the gowns and fashions had changed over time. I still pick it up now, five years later and always not...

  • Colleen

    Absolutely breathtaking photographs of many dresses in the V&A's collection. Personally, I'm such a fan of their historic costuming collection.I not only appreciated the beautiful photographs, but als...

  • Sherri

    Whether your a fan or history buff of fashion, don't miss this book. Beautiful photographs. Text is a little dry but then again you're covering 300 years.Ehrman is a director at the Victoria and Alber...

  • Marissa Sherman Deziel

    This book was filled with stunning photographs of wedding dresses from the past two hundred years. The book also packed tons of facts about the history of the wedding dress itself and the history of w...

  • Jan Polep

    Another wonderful book with beautiful dresses, stories, and more. I particularly liked pictures of the actual brides wearing the dresses. Awesome....

  • Christine D

    This book is not quite what I expected. it had A LOT of history, I love history but I was shallowly expecting a photobook. It was interesting, but I admit, I did not read ALL the history....

  • Erin

    I got this book more for the pictures than the actual reading, but I found the history of brides, weddings and fashion quite fascinating....