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“Frustrating and Confusing”

Written on: 18/08/2014 by LorenaStokes374 (1 review written)

I was very disappointed with the Wedding Dresses exhibition for a number of reasons. It is quite small, very hot and crowded and the layout is not helpful. It is not always clear which order you should see the exhibits and the descriptions of the dresses are not always clearly aligned with the dresses themselves. The dresses are displayed in such a way that you often have to walk on both sides of the glass case to see them all and this is annoying, especially as you end up walking backwards and forwards, crossing the paths of other people along the way. You seem to be forever in someone's way, and they are always in yours!

The exhibition starts off by explaining that Queen Victoria's wedding dress marked a significant moment in the history of wedding dress traditions, but frustratingly there was no photograph, drawing or description of this, apparently iconic, dress.

There is a short (?5 minute) film of five royal weddings-this is great but it causes a huge bottleneck in the exhibition as everyone stops to watch. Why not put this in a separate area?

The dresses themselves seem to have been picked at random from the different eras - there was little sense that the dresses on display were typical or groundbreaking in any way. Some time periods seem to have been sidelined while others were emphasized. I only came away with a very general sense of how wedding dresses have evolved over time. There has been a great deal of hype about this exhibition, but it's not at all justified. If it was free, it would be fine, you wouldn't mind passing half an hour or so looking at a fairly random selection of wedding dresses, but it's expensive and deeply frustrating.

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