Wedding Dresses from the Harrogate Collection
With out of town visitors to entertain last week, we ventured into the Royal Pump Room Museum, and their delightful display of wedding dresses spanning 150 years. The majority of the dresses have a local connection; either designed and made locally and/or worn by locals. The small exhibition charts the changes in fashions, style and body shape, and also the economics surrounding weddings.
Having seen the V&A’s 300 years of bridal fashions a couple or so years ago and it’s grand array of (mostly designer) wedding dresses made for the rich, famous and/or privileged, this exhibition contrasts tremendously.
Personally, I was enthralled by the Victorian and Edwardian dresses as they were individually manufactured and intricately designed.
If you’re in Harrogate, have an hour or so spare, it’s well worth a visit this August (ends 15 September).