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The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851775064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851775064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edwina Ehrman is a curator of Textiles and Fashion at the V&A and of the exhibition The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions. She is co-author of The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk and a contributor to The Englishness of English Dress.


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Customer Reviews

And this book covers everything.
Eregwen
Beautiful colour plates, definations of phrases, and written by somebody who obviously loves fashion.
Kathiiy
Fabulous photos and a great coffee table book.
Annieyokie

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Lady on October 3, 2011
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A high quality book with excellent photographs. The book is more than just a picture book of fashion changes of wedding dresses, it delves into another aspect of our historical adventure. Who would imagine that wedding dresses could tell you so much about historical life, customs and everyday views? An interesting waltz through aspects of political and daily life affecting the wedding dress and its function and how important it became as symbolism for both rich and poor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eregwen on July 7, 2012
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It was quite a pleasure to find there the information not only about "haute" wedding fashion through centuries, but photos and stories about "ordinary" weddings. Of course, royal weddings and celebrities' ones are really nice to look at - but they don't give you the whole picture. And this book covers everything. Rare photos, rare info - it became one of the jewels of my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joy Markus on October 21, 2014
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Beautiful book but I would have liked to see more photos of the dresses. Information in book was interesting, but I'm all about exhibit photos of dresses displayed on mannequins and close-ups of details.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathiiy on October 16, 2011
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Beautiful colour plates, definations of phrases, and written by somebody who obviously loves fashion.
Read it from cover to cover.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annieyokie on November 19, 2011
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This book is a terrific record of wedding dresses through history . Fabulous photos and a great coffee table book.
This book has be a great interest piece and has caused much discussion and reminiscing .
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A quality put together book but for the cost it wasn't that great as far as dresses it showed. If I would have seen it before buying it, I probably wouldn't have.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Girl on February 22, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is well organized and well put together. I enjoyed how the book is broken up and the history behind the wedding dresses. They had some very old examples which I loved many the books stated were in a very fragile state. I enjoyed seeing the older dresses because this would be the only way I could see them. While I did love the older examples the author did pick out some of the more interesting new more modern examples as well. They went into how the shapes and hemlines to fabric choices changed depending on your station in life or just the fashion trends at the time. Some of the dresses they did know the owners so to hear about them was very interesting.

There are several detailed pictures in the book which I enjoy because you can see the wonderful craftsmanship that went into producing a dress. To show you how times have changed from the late 1800's to the early 1900's there was a section in this book where they were speaking about a woman who because she was 35 (she felt to old to wear white and a tradition wedding dress) because to get married I. Your mid 30's now I don't think anyone really bats an eye, so this book gave some nice historical perspective. The book is British based as many of the examples come from the Victoria and Albert museum collection which doesn't deflect from the beauty of the dresses for me but for dorm it may be important. The pictures are clear there is a nice balance between the pictures and the written content, and the written content was very valuable to expandeing the understanding about the images on each of the pages.

If you can get a copy I would highly suggest you nab one :)
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