A Century of Wedding Gowns exhibition
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Wedding Gown Exhibition


Kevin Thornhill has been collecting wedding gowns for 40 years, and will be displaying 45 gowns and accessories ranging from 1885 to 2017 for the exhibition A Century of Wedding Gowns, opening on 3rd August and running until 2nd October.

Following a degree in art and design at Manchester, Kevin served his time with the Emanuel’s in Mayfair, he made costumes for the West End, before returning to the north to open his own bridalware shop.

Dispersed throughout the Minster, the exhibition explores how gown styles and materials have changed over the decades, including those borrowed and adapted in wartime. Each dress has been made with great skill and attention to detail, and has a story to tell about the bride, time, and place.

All are welcome to visit the exhibition during the Minster’s normal opening hours (11am to 2pm, Tuesday to Saturday). Entry is free, with a written guide available for £3.

You can also see the collection, plus some others not otherwise on display, in a fashion show on Wednesday 13 September – see here for tickets and details.

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