The National Museum is proud to present an extraordinary collection of wedding dresses from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the very first time in Asia. The exhibition depicts the history of the dress and its enduring popularity from the early 1800s to the present day, detailing its evolution and transformation in style.
Comprising 80 artefacts, the exhibition includes wedding gowns from Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Norman Hartnell, Vera Wang, and other personalities like Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Complementing the exhibition is a Singapore section, “The Wedding Dress in Singapore”, which features 12 wedding costumes worn by different ethnic groups.
The Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London is categorised into nine sections:
1. Creating Traditions: 1800 – 1940
2. The Victorian Bride and Bridegroom: 1837 – 1901
3. Artistic Styles: 1900 – 1930s
4. The Society Wedding: 1920s – 1930s
5. From Austerity to the ‘New Look’: 1939 – 1951
6. Innovation and Individuality: 1950s – 1970s
7. Nostalgia, Romance and the Modern Age: 1970s – early 2000s
8. The Celebrity Wedding: 1990s – 2000s
9. The Wedding Dress in Singapore
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 8 August to Wednesday, 31 October 2012 at the National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1 and The Canyon, from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are priced at S$11 (including handling fees). For the month of August, as a gift to the nation, tickets are priced at only S$6 (including handling fees) for Singaporeans and PRs only.
Image above: Embroidered silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, London, 1933. Commissioned by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny on 21 February 1933. Given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll.
Image credit: ‘©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images’