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Museum showcases Hollywood wedding gowns

Detail of wedding dress shoulder
The exhibition shows how wedding styles have changed over the centuries

Wedding dresses worn by film stars including Keira Knightley and Meryl Streep have gone on display at a museum in Dumfries.

The National Museum of Costume Scotland is showcasing glamorous gowns that have featured in film and TV productions.

The costumes are being used to illustrate the development of the wedding dress since the 18th Century.

Anyone who turns up to the Marriage in the Movies exhibition wearing their wedding dress will be given free entry.

The highlights include Keira Knightley's gown from The Duchess and the dress worn by Joely Richardson in the role of Wallis Simpson.

Special clothing

Other wedding dresses on display have been worn by Meryl Streep, Nastassja Kinski and Helena Bonham Carter.

The exhibition includes examples of wedding favours and gloves, invitations, cards and accessories, to show changes in fashions and styles over the years.

It also explores some of Scotland's marriage traditions and the process of designing costumes for films.

Maureen Barrie, exhibitions officer at National Museums Scotland, said: "The wedding dress is probably the most special item of clothing that women will wear in their lifetime.

"Usually they are only worn once, but we thought that our new exhibition would be the perfect opportunity for women across the country to get dressed up once more and mingle with the beautiful wedding dresses worn by the stars."

The exhibition runs until Sunday 31 October.



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