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Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion (touring)

Start Date 17 December 2011
End Date 22 April 2012
Venue Te Papa
Location Wellington, New Zealand

Unveiled showcased 200 years of wedding fashion from one of the world’s most superb collections – that of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  It included outfits inspired by tradition, practicality, celebrity, fantasy – and, of course, love. Highlights included celebrity gowns by stellar international designers such as Norman Hartnell, Vivienne Westwood, and Christian Lacroix. Also on show were special commissions by New Zealand designers WORLD, Lindah Lepou, and Jane Yeh.

The exhibition asked how it is that the traditional western European white wedding dress has become the garment of choice for brides in many countries and cultures, as well as exploring what wedding dress styles say about the social and economic conditions of their day.