Tales of the Wedding Dress – From Homemade to World Stage
A sumptuous and fascinating exhibition looking at fashions, traditions and personal stories of creating that very special dress. This beautiful display of handmade and homemade wedding dresses will be on display at Cannon Hall Museum throughout the spring and summer.
Saturday 8 April to Sunday 3 September
Visitors will have a rare opportunity to view beautifully crafted gowns from a hand-knitted, silk wool dress taken from a 1930s pattern to a complete ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed ensemble from 2013. The dresses may differ in materials, design and period, but all were made here in Barnsley. Explore the decisions that shaped the beginnings of their homemade wedding dresses and hear tales behind women’s lives at the time of their marriage.
Friday 26 May to Sunday 3 September
We will also be hosting a stunning collection of handmade bridal gowns, worn by stars of major screen productions. These most romantic and glamorous dresses are from Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television and theatre. Costumes include the stunning dress worn by Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in the recent ITV series, Helena Bonham Carter’s gothic gown from the 1994 film ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’, and Keira Knightley’s elegant costume from her film role as Georgiana in ‘The Duchess’, 2008. The exhibition highlights the history of the dress designs, an insight into making the costumes, and reveals fascinating details about the characters.