THERE IS NO DRESS LIKE A WEDDING DRESS
SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2015
The Victoria and Albert Museum
Brompton Road . London SW1
Video highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum
C19th from the permanent fashion display
In times past, when men did not whisper “I love you” to a woman of his affections, flowers were crucial. They all had meaning.
Queen Victoria made the white wedding dress fashionable, but when roses are red, violets are blue, in England, other florals also set a trend. Orange blossom, pea pods, lilies-of-the-valley all found their ways into the trousseau from the C18th-C21st, as above within the Victorian veil.
What did they symbolise?
The Language of Flowers 1942
Orange blossom for the choker was worn on this modern silk satin dress 1934 for Barbara Beaton, sister of fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. Orange Blossom symbolises fertility. The choker did not use fresh flowers and in the absence of the natural flower, scent was often added.
© 2015 La Floralie