From 1 August – 6 November 2011, our very own Bendigo Art Gallery will launch and host the world premiere of The White Wedding Dress: Two Hundred Years of Wedding Fashions, all the way from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Drawing on the V&A’s outstanding collection of wedding gowns from the early 1800s to the present day, the exhibition explores the history of the wedding dress using individual garments and their histories to illuminate the ways in which society has responded to economic, cultural and technological change.
Through exquisite gowns that have for many represented the single largest investment in clothing in a lifetime, the exhibition will consider why the white wedding dress became the garment of choice for fashionable brides in the early 1800s, how designers and couturiers have interpreted the tradition from 200 years ago to the present day and public’s enduring fascination with society and celebrity weddings.
The most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and highlights the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.
Bendigo Art Gallery will also curate an additional section for the exhibition highlighting wedding costume in Australia from colonial settlement to contemporary wedding fashion.
Tickets available from The Capital Theatre (next door to the Gallery). Tickets are not available directly from Bendigo Art Gallery.
$10.00 Secondary Students
$5.00 Primary Students
$48.00 Family Ticket (2+2)
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Premium passes are available ($60/$48) which allow unlimited express entry during the exhibition.
The White Wedding Dress is a timed-ticket exhibition. Tickets have a specific entry time, at one hour intervals throughout the day. Some tickets are sold online and some are held for sale on the day for each session time. During weekends, and holidays tickets may sell out, so they strongly recommend that you book in advance. If you choose to buy tickets on the day, it is advisable to arrive early to avoid disappointment, as there is a limited daily capacity for the exhibition.