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Love and marriage through the ages
Recently Perth has been the scene for a number of exciting and unusual international exhibitions. This wonderful trend is continuing with Unveiled at the Western Australian Museum.
Features the best from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Unveiled showcases 200 years of wedding fashion from the costume and textile collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. On display are wedding outfits from lavish gowns to miniskirts, lingerie, shoes, veils and other accessories.
Dita von Teese's 2005 Vivienne Westwood gown is on display
Some of the gowns are by internationally known designers such as Norman Hartnell, Vera Wang, Christian Lacroix and similar high-fashion legends. Others are anonymous but no less important as a reflection of culture and customs.
A wedding bonnet from yesteryear
Unveiled is more than a fashion show, as the changes in wedding gowns and traditions mirror changes in society. How and why have we moved from the formality of the high church, white dress and morning coat to a barefoot ceremony on a Bali beach? And in this time of suggested changes to the idea of marriage, what might be next? The Unveiled exhibition may offer some beautiful clues.