We're all a-buzz with celebrity wedding dresses here at InStyle - we're at fever pitch wondering what Kate Middleton will be wearing come 29 April and can’t wait to see what Karl Lagerfeld cooks up for Lily Allen. But one of our all-time faves was Gwen Stefani’s fuchsia ombre dress from 2002 designed by John Galliano. We never thought we’d get to see it up close, but the singer has donated it to London’s V&A museum where it will go on display.
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Gwen married Bush singer Gavin Rossdale in London’s Covent Garden back in 2002 – the couple now have two children, Kingston, who turns 5 this May, and Zuma, 2. The pair had a second wedding two weeks later in LA so Gwen could wear the dress twice - we don't blame her, with a dress this fantabulous.
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“When I got engaged, I said I wanted [my dress] to be over the top, but not traditional – I wanted it to be everything,” remembers Gwen. “It was this unbelievable, perfect dress. It’s going into the V&A now. I didn’t wanna send it, because I was scared it would get ruined. But it’s a work of art, it needed to be seen.”
No news yet of exactly when the dress goes on display, but we suspect it will be part of the planned Wedding Dress exhibition for 2013. In advance of this, the V&A is compiling a database of wedding fashions from 1840 to the present day – you can even upload your own wedding photo to add to the history! Or just get some inspiration for your own big day…
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By Harriet Reuter Hapgood