The Victoria and Albert museum in London recently opened its doors to exhibit a whole host of famous wedding dresses dating back as far as 1775. The exhibit which is now open, features some of the world’s most beautiful gowns designed from the biggest names in fashion and includes dresses from the likes of the Duchess of Cornwall, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese.
It is astonishing to think a dress that was once worn in 1775 is still in pristine condition 239 years later. We at ABC Selfstore in London have been in the self storage business for just over 20 years – recently celebrating our anniversary, so we understand the hard work that goes into keeping items safe and protected.
Although the majority of wedding dresses at the exhibition are white, this wasn’t always the most popular choice, the colour of a dress was normally selected to highlight social status. The beautiful 1934 Charles James gown and Jane Bailey’s ravishing 1780 wedding dress are both pale shades of gold, this was clearly very popular and chosen to reflect wealth. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria wore a white dress that it became a popular choice for many.
As the collection of dresses has developed, it is fascinating to see what trends have transpired over the years and how subtly history has repeated itself. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress (unfortunately not featured in the exhibit) shares the same romantic features as a 1953 gown designed by Isobel, and Kate Moss’s John Galliano dress has a prominent 1920s feel even though it was designed in 2011.
It’s not only traditional dress that are on display, the more ‘modern’ dresses are also there, including Gwen Stefani’s pink dip dye Dior wedding dress, along with Dita Von Teese extravagant purple Vivienne Westwood bespoke gown. They may not be white or cream but they’re still beautiful dresses.
Wedding dresses are precious to their owners, and it’s clear to see why these stunning dresses at the Victoria and Albert museum have been well looked after.
If you have something that is worth keeping, we have flexible and affordable self storage units across London in Wandsworth, Camden and Southwark that can safely protect your precious items. After all, who knows when you or others may want to see them again.