There’s been a lot of buzz around the Victoria & Albert Museum as of late as the venue gears up to host the much-anticipated Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, which travels from New York and kicks off this Saturday. And as one show begins, another departs: in this case, the long-running Wedding Dresses exhibit, which has been on display since May. Charting the evolution of the wedding dress and its interpretation by various designers including Charles Frederick Worth, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang, the show offers a fully comprehensive overview of wedding fashions through the last two centuries. On display are pieces from the V&A’s own archives, as well as wedding dresses from contemporary celebrities including Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese. There are no more associated events scheduled for the exhibition before it ends on Sunday, but check out the V&A website in advance of your visit for its insightful series of videos featuring designers such as Gareth Pugh and Phillip Treacy. It all accumulates to an engaging summary of the pageantry and theatrics of wedding attire; fascinating, whether you’re actually planning on getting married or just ‘browsing’. Just don’t blame us as you hum ‘dum dum duh dum” for the remainder of the weekend.
Full ticket, £12.00 (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
Victoria and Albert Museum , Cromwell Road, T 020 7942 2000, www.vam.ac.uk