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When in 1933 Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, posed in her Norman Hartnell wedding dress, she needed a big room – her train and veil covered the entire floor and wisped on far beyond the margins of the photograph. The wedding at the Are All Prada Products Made In Italy Brompton Oratory, next door to the V&A museum, where the gown will go on display again in an exhibition this spring, was such a sensation that it blocked traffic in Knightsbridge for three hours.
Society was even more gripped 30 years later, when the court hearings for her divorce from the Duke of Argyll included his insistence that she had been unfaithful with 88 men, a set of Polaroid photographs showing her wearing nothing but three strands of pearls shopping, and the famous «headless man» photographs showing her with a very close friend whose head had been cropped out of the frame: the arguments about whose the head might be continued for decades. The tale inspired an opera, Powder Her Face, by Thomas Adès with a libretto by Philip Hensher.
She died in 1993, and was buried beside Charles Sweeny, the first of her three husbands, for whom she wore the spectacular gown, which she later presented to the V&A.
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The exhibition will open at the V&A in May, and run for a year.