Do - Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 @ The V&A, London

On Wednesday 30th April I was lucky enough (and, when I say lucky, I mean lucky) to attend the press viewing of the fabulous new exhibition at the V&A in London - Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 on behalf of Love My Dress.

As you'll probably gather from my feature on Love My Dress reviewing the exhibition, I thought it was simply brilliant. I'm a history geek so combining that with weddings sent me into raptures. However, I really think that there's something for everyone at the exhibition and it is, in my book, something to absolutely try and do over the coming months. I am actually going back for part of my birthday treat with My Mr in a few weeks time and I'm so excited to see all the gowns again. I have absolutely no doubt that different things will catch my eye next time.

Some of my earliest memories are related to weddings - I remember being a bridesmaid at my Aunt's wedding and loving my dress but reverting to tomboy ways during the reception and running up and down the riverbank in a most unseemly manner. I remember listening to a discussion prior to my cousin's wedding where they were decided if I could still be bridesmaid should the cast on my broken arm not be removed in time (it was and I was). I remember watching the wedding of Lady Diana and being amazed by her gown and I remember copying the sketches of royal wedding dresses from my childhood collection of Ladybird books. All of those memories and all of that childlike wonder came flooding back to me as I wandered around the V&A on Wednesday.

It still surprises me that the short-haired tomboy who liked to play rough with the boys has become the short-haired tomboy who works in a world of pretty. But, I guess, that's part of the joy of weddings. The prescriptive 'church, buffet, disco' pattern of the past has gone and now, whoever you are, whatever you like, you can have a wedding that works for you. That's borne out by the V&A exhibition - the full-on attention seeking gowns of the celebs, the restrained elegance of the royal outfits, the traditional gowns, the opulent gowns, the make-do-and-mend gowns all hold their own next to each other. One dress, one wedding or even one life is not automatically better than another. If it suits you, it's perfect.

The Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition opens on 3rd May and you can find out more information & book tickets on the V&A website.

This gown, by Aida Woolf, is from 1914 and features a detachable train that would allow the wedding dress to be converted into a gown suitable for the newlywed bride to be presented at Court after her wedding. The silk brocade shoes are also beautiful and the outfit reflects the influence of evening dress fashions on the bridalwear of the time.

This gown, by Aida Woolf, is from 1914 and features a detachable train that would allow the wedding dress to be converted into a gown suitable for the newlywed bride to be presented at Court after her wedding. The silk brocade shoes are also beautiful and the outfit reflects the influence of evening dress fashions on the bridalwear of the time.

This outfit was worn by a farmer's daughter at her wedding in 1775. What strikes me is the low-cut neckline of the gown! The shepherdess style silk covered hat was also very 'of the period' and the little silk shoes have survived amazingly well.

This outfit was worn by a farmer's daughter at her wedding in 1775. What strikes me is the low-cut neckline of the gown! The shepherdess style silk covered hat was also very 'of the period' and the little silk shoes have survived amazingly well.

I remember watching the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding to Prince Charles and thinking 'well played Camilla'. I loved this outfit then and I still love it now. The dress and coat are beautiful - elegant, refined and totally in keeping with, what was, a very understated occasion. The Philip Treacy headdress is stunning and the LK Bennett shoes are a perfect finishing touch.

I remember watching the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding to Prince Charles and thinking 'well played Camilla'. I loved this outfit then and I still love it now. The dress and coat are beautiful - elegant, refined and totally in keeping with, what was, a very understated occasion. The Philip Treacy headdress is stunning and the LK Bennett shoes are a perfect finishing touch.

This is some of the detail on the skirt from Ian Stuart's 'Flower Bomb' gown and it was certainly spectacular. It would take a bold bride to wear this I think but if you've got a big personality, why try to pretend that you're demure and quiet on your wedding day?

This is some of the detail on the skirt from Ian Stuart's 'Flower Bomb' gown and it was certainly spectacular. It would take a bold bride to wear this I think but if you've got a big personality, why try to pretend that you're demure and quiet on your wedding day?

Kate Moss's Galliano gown was attracting a lot of attention and for all the right reasons. The 'phoenix feather' emblems on the skirt are just great and the sequins that cover the dress and veil look absolutely stunning.

Kate Moss's Galliano gown was attracting a lot of attention and for all the right reasons. The 'phoenix feather' emblems on the skirt are just great and the sequins that cover the dress and veil look absolutely stunning.

As I was leaving I (naturally) had to have a look in the dedicated exhibition shop and what should I find there? Only Style Me Vintage: Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, the founder of Love My Dress who had sent me to cover the exhibition! Such an honour to be included as part of this iconic exhibition.

As I was leaving I (naturally) had to have a look in the dedicated exhibition shop and what should I find there? Only Style Me Vintage: Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, the founder of Love My Dress who had sent me to cover the exhibition! Such an honour to be included as part of this iconic exhibition.