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Vintage Bridal Exhibit Opens in French Château

Curated by retired designers Hubert de Givenchy and Philippe Venet, the show features dresses by Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain.

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SOMETHING WHITE: Those looking for wedding dress ideas should check out a new exhibition at the Château de Haroué entitled “Les Plus Célèbres Robes de Mariée” (in English, “The Most Famous Wedding Dresses”), curated by retired designers Hubert de Givenchy and Philippe Venet. The 18th-century castle, which is based near Nancy in France’s Lorraine region, was built and is still owned by the Beauvau-Craon family.

Princess Beauvau-Craon is playing host to the summer exhibition, which showcases vintage bridal designs by couturiers including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain, as well as the show’s directors. Many of the dresses are on loan, while some hail from fashion collections, such as a gold and pink embroidered organza creation that featured in Givenchy’s fall 1992 couture collection. Also on show is a copy of the wedding gown designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel for the late Princess of Wales, on loan from the Museo de la Moda fashion museum in Santiago, Chile.

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