Housed at the FIDM Museum, Alexander McQueen’s Peacock Dress exemplifies the designer’s ability to incorporate historic symbolism and reference past modes of dress to create a final garment that is cutting edge and culturally relevant to our contemporary eyes. In 2010, costume designer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Jany Temime, created a dress bearing significant resemblance to McQueen’s, worn by Fleur Delacour in her marriage to Bill Weasley.
The steel cage of the bustle was an understructure, worn beneath the dress, to create volume and support the ruffles, bows and layers of fabric placed at the back of the fashionable 19th-century costume. Jean Paul Gaultier, who often incorporates historical elements of dress into his couture collections, created a bridal headdress resembling a bustle crinoline for his FW 2008 collection.
Kimono, Japan, 1980-2000, Woven silk, The traditional Japanese wedding ceremony takes place in a Shinto shrine and is attended by only close family members. The bride wears a white under-kimono and heavy white outer-kimono known as a shiromuku, shiro meaning white and muku meaning pure. This outer-kimono has a design of a large noshi, an auspicious ornament traditionally tied to goodwill gifts, the ribbons of which cascade down the front and back of the garment.