200 Years of Wedding Dress – a sneak preview

200 Years of Wedding Dress – a sneak preview

Romance Was Born. Falcor Bride 2011. Merino wool, acrylic wool, polyester, raffia, Swarovski crystals. Courtesy of Romance Was Born.

The V&A’s stunning new exhibition on 200 years of wedding dress has just opened across the ditch at the Bendigo Art Gallery, which is about a two hour drive from Melbourne.

ABC news filmed some of the installation and interviewed the curator, Edwina Ehrman. It provides a great preview of the exhibition which opens at Te Papa on 17 December. The clip shows the unpacking of Margaret, the Duchess of Argyll’s stunning 1933 wedding dress with its massive train. Most excitingly the TV camera hones in on some of the spectacular detailing of the gowns revealing layers of shimmering beads and elaborate embroidery. Even if you are not a big fan of wedding dress, this preview will make you swoon! Its a textile lover’s dream.

Edwina Ehrman will be in New Zealand next week  and will present an illustrated lecture on the exhibition on Tuesday 9 august at 6.30pm.

Bendigo have also added an Australian section to the exhibition, which includes this dress by Romance is Born. We will soon be able to reveal who Te Papa has invited to make gowns for the exhibition’s showing in New Zealand.


  1. I went to Edwina’s lecture last evening, it was fantastic and everyone who attended (sold out event) was buzzing. Well done Te Papa. It’s now a long wait until the exhibition opens in December, but will be well worth the wait.

  2. Enjoyed the talk by Edwina last night and am looking forward to reading her book.

  3. Oohhh so exciting, looking forward seeing the exhibition later this year. Will there be a tour provided for the exhibition? If yes, would love to have a tour available in New Zealand Sign Language for Deaf community as I know many from the community will enjoy the exhibition like me 🙂

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