Fairytaile wedding dresses to go on display

19 May 2011

People are still talking about the recent Royal Wedding so it is fitting an exhibition on fairytale wedding dresses opens this weekend [Saturday 21 May] at Provost Skene's House, between Broad Street and Flourmill Lane, Aberdeen.

Every bride wants to feel like a princess for a day and what better way to do so than by wearing a gown inspired by a royal wedding dress.

This exhibition looks at dresses worn by local brides who were married around the time of some of the most iconic royal weddings of the last century, including Queen Elizabeth II, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana.

Since the royal wedding became a public event, with the bride as the central focus, it is not surprising that their designer dresses have been copied and sold in high street bridal boutiques across the country.

Rather than setting trends however, in most cases these Royal gowns elevated existing styles, making them fashionable for longer. Like the dress worn by Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, Catherine Middleton's dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was also copied and ready for sale within hours of it being seen on the steps of Westminster Abbey.

Victoria Ward, curator, Aberdeen City Council, said: "This is a lovely exhibition which looks at wedding fashions at a time when everyone is still talking about the recent Royal wedding".

The exhibition is on display until Saturday 30 July 2011.