From the Aisle to the Archive: Royal Wedding Dress to go on display


Following on from my post back in April on the history and legacy of British Royal Wedding dresses, I wanted to share the news that The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress is to go on public view at Buckingham Palace during the annual Summer Opening (23 July – 3 October 2011). UK press sources announced last week that the dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, would be the central exhibit of the summer season of the Historic Royal Palaces exhibition program.

I would find it hard to believe that anyone hasn’t already seen the dress in photographs or video from the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, but this chance to see the dress in three dimensional relaity is sure to be a huge draw for visitors and residents of Britain alike.

The display promises to allow close up views and provide information in the gown’s design and craftsmanship. The work of the needlecrafters of the Royal School of Needlework will be a focus and surely more appreciated than can be possible from the photographs alone.

Personally, I find it behooves me to visit the exhibition to view not only what the Telegraph called ‘the most anticipated dress of the century’, but to see the mode of display, and to observe other visitors and gauge their reactions.

So, watch this space for exhibition notes and visitor responses. I don’t expect too many complaints or disappointments, despite the rather hefty admission price of £17.50, in a city where the vast majority of design exhibitions and museums can be visited free of charge.

What do you think about the entrance fees? and what sort of questions would you ask visitors to this exhibition?



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