A wedding dress from the V&A patiently waiting to be unveiled for display.

This week it has been full steam ahead in the VISA Platinum Gallery. The crates carrying Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London arrived by sea, and Keira Miller and Sarah Scott from the V&A arrived by air. Over the last week Keira and Sarah,Read more

Keira Miller of the V&A prepares a ball gown for exhibition.

Here Come the Brides: Packing and Mounting Unveiled Join Keira Miller from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, for fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the preparation of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London on Saturday 17 December at 1pm. Keira’s talk will cover textile conservation,Read more

A pair of Surrealist gloves by WORLD for their vampish bride. Collection of Te Papa.

Carefully packed into custom-made crates, the exhibition Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has departed Melbourne for Wellington by sea. In the meantime, it’s been all go in Te Papa’s Textile Store with the arrival of our New Zealand commissions – or at least two of them.Read more

Queen Victoria in her wedding attire by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. This painting was commissioned n 1947 as a wedding anniversary gift to Prince Albert.

The young Queen avidly recorded details of her wedding to her ‘precious Angel’  in her journal, including descriptions of her wedding attire and her whirling emotions. On the evening of her wedding she confided: ‘My dearest dearest dear Albert… his excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness,  I neverRead more

As we build up to the much anticipated December opening of Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, it is time to ‘unveil’ our three New Zealand designers! As part of the exhibition Te Papa has commissioned three very different New Zealand designers to create theirRead more

I have recently returned from a long weekend in Melbourne. I popped over primarily to see the exhibition Vienna: Art + Design at the National Gallery of Victoria (which was well worth it), but also took the opportunity to catch up on some of Victoria’s other wonderful offerings, including the JohnstonRead more

This week I am attending my first ever full Fashion Week. A Fashion Week that might, according to newspaper reports, be New Zealand’s last  – at least while the recession digs its toes in. Yesterday I attended two shows that while wildly diverse reflect two aspects of current activity atRead more

Wedding dress, England, 1865. Silk-satin dress trimmed with Honiton appliqué lace, machine-net and bobbin lace. Worn at the wedding of Eliza Penelope Clay and Joseph Bright, St James's Church, Piccadilly, London, 16 February 1865. Museum no. T.43-1947

Its been great to receive so much positive feedback about Edwina Ehrman’s wonderful talk at Te Papa last week about Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Dress. From the comments we’ve received, it sounds like you are as excited as we are! Behind the scenes it was great to have Edwina hereRead more

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 theRead more

Pleated silk wedding dress and coat, net veil decorated with silicone rubber, by Ian and Marcel, London, 1989. Bequeathed by Ian and Marcel. ©Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Images

The V&A’s wonderful wedding dress exhibition is just about to open in Bendigo, Australia. We are delighted that the exhibition’s curator, Edwina Ehrman has agreed to extend her trip to the Southern Hemisphere for a few extra days in order to pop across to Wellington. Next Tuesday evening, 9 August 2011,Read more

As the day of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton draws  near, Te Papa too has  found itself in the grip of ‘wedding fever’. While the media continues to whip themselves into a frenzy trying to uncover the bride’s best kept secret – the name of her dressRead more