Its competition time! We are offering you the chance to join us at the V&A museum for the fabulous Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Exhibition.

One lucky lady will win a pair of tickets, plus off peak train travel from Winchester to London Waterloo to come and view the exhibition with the Brides of Winchester team on Monday 6 October 2014.

The Victoria and Albert Museums Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Exhibition, explores over two centuries of bridal fashion, charting some of the world’s most influential wedding gowns through time. With over 80 outfits in the exhibition, visitors will be able to discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses of the last 200 years from Gwen Stefani’s gown to the Duchess of Cornwall’s regal robe. Designers such as Jenny Packham, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang will be on display offering a panorama of fashion.

How to win: Simply email us the answer to the following question before noon on Monday 1 September 2014 to be in with a chance to win. Please email answers to along with your name and a contact number.

Question: Name the designer of Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress.

Closing date: Noon, 1st September 2014. All the correct answers will be placed in a hat (probably a wonderful one by Marvellous Millinery) and one will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified by email. Please note that if we have not had a reply seven days after contacting you, another name will be drawn and the prize offered to another winner.

The small print stuff: There is no cash, credit or other alternative to the prize offered. The prize is non-transferable and not for resale. Tickets only available for use on Monday 6 October 2014. Winners will need to travel to London from Winchester by off peak train with the Brides of Winchester team however may return at their leisure. All other costs are the responsibility of the winner. By entering this competition you agree to participate in reasonable publicity including social media. The competition is open to recipients of the email invitation only and participants must be over the age of 21.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your answers!

Brides of Winchester Top 5 Iconic Brides

In our excitement about the Exhibition and viewing all the beautiful wedding dresses we thought we would come up with our Top 5 Iconic brides. Let us know what you think about our list and who you think we missed out.

1 – Obviously we would have to start with Catherine Middleton who looked every bit the part when marrying William. There  was no doubt that Kate would choose a British designer and many names were bandied about in the British press including Sassi Holford, John Galliano, Jenny Packham, Bruce Oldfield and Jasper Conran. Only revealed on the big day, Kate went for English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, and her ivory gown with lace applique certainly lived up to our expectations, Kate looked a dream.

Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

2 – Another Kate, this time Kate Moss. Kate wowed in her “phoenix feathers” gown which sparked a trend for the “boho-chic” bride. The dress was a stunning sheer bias-cut gown by John Galliano, embellished with gold beading.  The dress, which took a whole  701 hours to embroider, is on display at the V&A Exhibition and we are so excited to see the dress up close.

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

3 – Grace Kelly, One of the Brides of Winchester team’s all time favourites. Cited as one of the most elegant and best-remembered bridal gowns of all time, this timeless dress, nearly 60 years on, still serves as inspiration for fashion houses including our own designer Blue Bridalwear.

grace kelly wedding dress

4 – Zara Phillips. Another Royal Wedding, this time the Queen’s grandaughter Zara who wore one of our designers. Speculation had been intense over who would design the dress, though many predicted Zara’s choice of Stewart Parvin, who was awarded the Royal Warrant of Appointment in 2007 .

The breathtaking dress was an ivory silk faille and silk duchess satin gown with a chevron pleated bodice ending in dramatic inverted pleats on a dropped waist creating a bell-shaped silhouette. The look was completed with a fine silk tulle cathedral length bouffant-style veil, and a Greek Key tiara lent to her by her mother the Princess Royal.

Zara Wedding Dress Stewart Parvin

5 – Kirsty Gallacher. We couldn’t discuss celebrity weddings weddings without mentioning our designer Suzanne Neville, who has dressed countless numbers of celebs. We have chosen Kirsty Gallacher  as she wore the beautiful Maiden, which happens to be one of our favourite dresses in the boutique. This elegant ivory silk dress overlaid with intricate French lace was completed with an exquisite full-length veil. Absolute perfection!

Kirsty Gallacher wedding

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