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to have and to hold these wedding dresses would be the dream

I'm getting married in the morning, ding dong the bells are gonna chime. With flowers in the breeze, if I wear one of these, I know that I'll look fine. With The V&A's Wedding Dresses exhibition now open, we explore the collection and rediscover the most beautiful bridal gowns to grace the face of the wedding world.

Text Francesca Dunn

The V&A's Wedding Dress exhibition is now open. 


  • bird of paradise

    When Queen of glamour Dita Von Teese married Marilyn Manson in 2005, she did it wearing this beautiful bird of paradise dress by Vivienne Westwood. With a Stephen Jones tricorn hat on her head, she married her gothic groom in an imposing Irish castle full of dark roses. Theirs was the original red wedding... minus the actual death.

    Bird of Paradise dress in changeant silk grosgrain by Vivienne Westwood. Grosgrain, velvet and mink tricorne by Stephen Jones. Exclusively Designed for Dita von Teese 2005. Worn by Dita von Teese for her marriage to Marylin Manson. Lent by Dita von Teese

  • if i was a rich girl

    "Think what that money could bring, I'd buy everything. Clean out Vivienne Westwood in my Galliano gown." She aint no Hollaback Girl, she's a Harajuku Girl through and through but she does't half love her European designers. When Gwen Stefani got hitched to Gavin Rossdale back in 2002, she wore this romantic dip-dyed Dior gown by Galliano.

    Gwen Stefani's wedding dress designed by John Galliano for Dior, 2002. Lent by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • modern lady

    Pam Hogg was responsible for the tulle and silk creation chosen by Mary Charteris for her rock 'n' roll wedding to Big Pink frontman, Robbie Furze. Complete with sheer cutaway panels, the swan lake style dress wowed the crowd at her father's estate.

    Pam Hogg Wedding Dress worn by Mary Charteris to marry Robbie Furze, 2012 Given by Lady Mary Furze (c)Victoria and Albert Museum

  • qui a le droit?

    Qui a le droit? is the name of this stunning 1993 Christian Lacroix design. Breaking all major rules, the dress is black, bold and embroided with silk and metallic threads, complete with a off-white satin overskirt and a black net veil. Perfect for mournful marriages. 

    Qui a le droit, Wedding Dress, Christian Lacroix 1993, London (c) Victoria and Albert Museum

  • fit for a kate

    Another Galliano dream dress, this one was designed for Kate Moss' 2011 wedding to Jamie Hince. With golden beading, the dress was subtle, stunning and without a doubt tops our list. Dream on!

    Kate Moss's wedding dress and veil designed by John Galliano, 2011. Worn for her marriage to Jamie Hince. Silk chiffon, silk georgette and silk tulle, hand-embroidered with sequins and pearls Worn by Kate Moss for her marriage to Jamie Hince. Lent by Kate