Unveiled: 200 years of wedding fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

When:
Exhibition now closed
17 Dec 2011 – 22 Apr 2012
Where:
Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4
Cost:
Admission charges apply
Type:
Arts 

Experience the evocative world of weddings through this extraordinary collection of wedding attire from the 19th century to today. See outfits inspired by tradition, practicality, fashion, fantasy – and, of course, love.

Highlights include celebrity gowns by stellar international designers such as Norman Hartnell, Vivienne Westwood, and Christian Lacroix. Also on show are special commissions by New Zealand designers WORLD, Lindah Lepou, and Jane Yeh.

Unveiled showcases 200 years of extraordinary wedding fashion from one of the world’s most superb collections – that of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  See outfits inspired by tradition, practicality, celebrity, fantasy – and, of course, love.

Highlights include lavish gowns by some of the biggest names in international fashion – Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, and more. Also on show are special commissions by leading New Zealand designers WORLD, Lindah Lepou, and Jane Yeh.

How is it that the traditional western European white wedding dress has become the garment of choice for brides in many countries and cultures? And what do wedding dress styles say about the social and economic conditions of their day?  You'll learn some of the answers from this magnificent display. 

Interviews

Download audio interviews with V&A curator Edwina Ehrman to your MP3 player before your visit, and then listen once you are inside the exhibition.

Watch interviews with New Zealand designers featured in Unveiled: WORLD, Lindah Lepou, and Jane Yeh.

Download or listen to curator conversations
Watch interviews with New Zealand designers
 

Your photos

As part of the exhibition, Te Papa created an online gallery of photographs of New Zealand wedding and civil union fashion over the decades. These photos provide a rich record of changes in New Zealand wedding style.

Thank you for being part of this special record by sharing your own wedding photos and stories with our online community. The wedding photo gallery is now closed for contributions.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London