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The Wedding Dress: The 50 Designs that Changed the Course of Bridal Fashion Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; 01 edition (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791348736
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791348735
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 22.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...for the most iconic wedding dresses of all time.... --Hello Magazine, 26 January 2014

This beautifully illustrated book is sure to become an indispensable resource for brides. --Brides Magazine, March 2014

About the Author

Eleanor Thompson served as curator of dress at the Brighton Museum in England and has been an exhibition consultant for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. She has lectured on fashion at the University of Brighton, the London College of Fashion, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


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What a disappointment. Of the 50 gowns included, fewer than 20 of them, in my opinion, can be classed are beautiful, elegant, stylish or sophisticated. even wearable. Many of the 'couturier' wedding gowns are unwearable for one reason or other - a bride couldn't walk , sit, eat, drink, see her toes, not to mention use the ladies' room while wearing them!

When I think of the many exquisite wedding gowns worn in the last 30 years alone, it makes me wonder how the author can justify her choices. Honestly, which bride would wear the Yves Saint Laurent 'egg' dress, or Versace's Glowmesh long tank top, to her wedding? How can you compare them with such exquisite gowns such as those worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Princess Charlene of Monaco.

One other comment I'd like to make, which isn't really relevant, concerns the comparison concocted by the fashion media, between Princess Grace's wedding gown and that worn by Kate Middleton. What comparison? The skirt is totally different. The under bodice is similar, as is the high neck line and the use of lace. Otherwise there are none.

The star is for the stunning photography.
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I bought this as a gift and found it so interesting I bought another copy for myself! This is not just a highly illustrated, personal and insightful view of 50 iconic wedding dresses, it is also a fascinating read with lots of behind the scenes info. A simply superb book and a great engagement/ wedding present.
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This was a gift for an older lady who has been involved in the garment industry and she absolutely loves this book. It has the history of the dresses and details of the fabrics and how they were made. It seems to be the best book I have ever given her.
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I bought this book as a birthday present for a friend, who was delighted with it - "excellent photographs and/or sketches showing styles of wedding dresses from Queen Victoria's to Princess Kate's; fine stitching and embroidery shown in detail."
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