Sublime Photographs of 'Here Comes the Bride' by Brigitte Grant Photography

'Here Comes the Bride' 
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Deerubbin Gallery, 300 George Street, Windsor, NSW
On view until 26th March
Open Every day from 10 - 4:30 except Tuesdays
Free Entry

A hand embroidered cotton lace veil with waxed orange blossoms 1920s (American)
A 1980s silk damask couture wedding gown (English)
A wool crepe wedding dress with cotton Irish crocheted and appliqu├ęd flowers from the 1960s (Australian)
Wedding crowns from the 1920s and 1930s (American)
A stunning Paul Poiret inspired voided silk wedding dress from the 1920s 
Early 1800s silk wedding shoes (American)
A 1860s Mourning dress worn to a goth wedding in Australia at Waverley Cemetery in 2013 (American)
A stunning silk organza overlaid 1950s wedding dress by Neiman & Marcus, bought in an Hawaiian thrift shop (American)
Wedding ephemera from 1907 - 1964
A beautiful lamb leather and silk chiffon gown by Orenda Creations designed by Steven Miller 2016 (Australian)

'Here Comes the Bride' on view at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor NSW

'Here Comes the Bride'

Wedding finery from The Darnell Collection is on view, for the first time, in a major 
fashion exhibition. 

Rare and precious pieces from the Collection tell a pictorial story of what women wore to their weddings from the early 1700s to modern day. Accessories also feature in this bespoke exhibition commissioned by Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. 

Colour and its symbolism is brought to life through fashion, didactics and imagery. 

The exhibition is on view until March 26th (closed on Tuesdays)10am - 4pm
Deerubbin Gallery, 300 George St, Windsor NSW

A Feminine and Summery 1920s Cotton Voile Parasol

Parasols where known to have been used over 4000 years ago in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and India. The first known parasols were made from palm fronds and other large leaves and natural materials, straddled on wooden spokes. In China, the spokes were sometimes made from ivory. It wasn't until the late 1800s that metal spokes were as common as wooden ones.

As parasols evolved, skin, cloth and even paper was used and were carried by nobility and wealthy women. Parasols were introduced to the Western world through traders following the Silk Route.

In the 1920s, it became all the rage to spend leisure time at the beach from the Jersey Shore in the USA, to St. Tropez in France, to Bondi Beach in Australia. 

For the porcelain skinned beauties who wished to remain so, (unlike fashion designer Coco Chanel who introduced the 'tan' as chic and denoting one's wealth (someone who had plenty of time for lounging in the sun!), a cotton or paper parasol was as important as the swimsuit, ballet-slipper style beach shoes and bathing cap. 

Many parasols were purchased at the beach from vendors. They were used and then kept as souvenirs. 

Other parasols, like this pretty floral patterned one, made from printed, sheer voile, were used at social events and coordinated with a woman's outfit, sometimes even made with the same fabric as the dress. 

Image from Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie

Rare Maison Martin Margiela sequin sheath evening gown

This rare gown was from Belgian designer, Maison Martin Margiela's 2012 Spring/Summer collection of exquisite evening wear, inspired by Asian themed tapestry. The gown was presented on  a runway strewn with Turkish, Central Asian and Persian carpets.

Entirely encrusted in sequins arranged in a Persian carpet pattern, the manner in which the dresses were sent out on the catwalk gave the appearance of 
"a rug coming off the floor to swathe the body." 

This same dress was exhibited at the RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Design, USA) in an exhibition titled "Swagged and Poufed: The Upholstered Body in the Late 19th Century and Today".

This dress was recently gifted to The Darnell Collection by an Australian collector of couture.

(Story and bottom photo credit: Maison Martin Margiela website. Other photos by Brigitte Grant Photography)

Exquisitely applied square sequins create a Persian carpet pattern

On the catwalk in 2012

Vivienne Westwood's 'Gold Label' metallic paillette evening gown in The Darnell Collection

As part of the Autumn/Winter 2011/12 campaign, Vivienne Westwood sent down a catwalk, glittering with gold sparkles, her Red and Gold Collection, dedicated to the idea of the "World Wide Women" for which she chose compelling and strong women as her muses. 
A very appropriate message in the year of her 70th birthday.

She said: "Fashion is global, influence comes from everywhere in the world. You can wear anything in our part of the world. Anything goes". 

Her show-stealing, gold paillette-encrusted gown 
looked as stunning in the sumptuous setting at Darley's Restaurant, at the luxury hotel Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains of Australia, as it did on the catwalk at London.

Photographs taken by Brigitte Grant Photography on location at Darley's Restaurant, Lilianfels Blue Mountains.
Hair: Chris Wolf Hair. Model: Olivia de Govrik

Photograph taken from Vivienne Westwood's website
Photograph taken from Vivienne Westwoods' website