Doddington Hall, the family-owned Elizabethan manor and wedding venue, set in the Lincolnshire countryside, will be transforming its spectacular 96-foot gallery room into an exhibition space for a collection of historic and out-of-the-ordinary, modern-day wedding dresses.
The collection features gowns from a number of stately homes, including a 1960s Hardy Amies dress from Doddington Hall's Jarvis family; a dress gifted by the Maharaja of Jaipur to Lady Ursula d'Abo of Belvoir Castle in 1946; and a 1997 Ben de Lisi silk and crystal dress from Burghket House. There will also be an exact copy of the dress worn by Lady Diana Spencer for her wedding to Prince Charles and an outfit worn in 1820 by the illegitimate daughter of George IV, who was just 12 years-old when she walked down the aisle!
Also featured in the exhibition are a number of rather more unusual gowns including a black wedding dress, a wedding dress for dogs, a knitted dress and a dress made from Lincolnshire Longwool by a local shepherdess. So if you're looking to draw inspiration from far and extremely wide, don't miss out.
The 'Old, New, Mostly Borrowed & One Blue' exhibition will be held in the Long Gallery at Doddington Hall and Gardens every Wednesday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm to 5pm, from August 1 to September 10. For more information visit www.doddingtonhall.com or call 01522 694 308.