July 28

Wedding Gowns – Palácio do Cadaval

Until September 7th, 2015, the Palácio do Cadaval hosts an “Unforgettable Wedding Gowns” exhibit at its private church, in Évora.
This singular exhibition has been conceived by Hubert de Givenchy himself, one of the master icons of Haute Couture, that highly contributed to the history of fashion in the 20th century and delighted celebrities and royalty alike, such as the Duchess of Windsor, actress Audrey Hepburn or the American First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

Hubert de Givenchy, a personal and lifetime friend of the Duchess of Cadaval, created this exhibition exclusively for one of the most appreciated private churches of Portugal – the Church of Saint John Evangelist in the Cadaval Palace – which is decorated, floor to ceiling, with magnificent blue and white tiles, dated as early as 1711.

Furthermore, the spectacular golden main altar, in Mannerist style, was an inspiration for Givenchy’s project.
The Unforgettable Wedding Gowns and their accessoires, to be presented in Évora, a classified World Heritage site, will be presented on exclusive haute couture dummies and will be exhibited on tailor-made podiums in an atmosphere specially created for the occasion – the singular atmosphere of an unforgettable wedding day in a noble palace’s church.

The exhibition will be take place until September 7th, a time of year where Évora is visited by many tourists from all over the world – China, Japan, France, Spain, England, Belgium, as well as Brazil and thousands of Portuguese from all over the country.
Empowering the wedding theme, that is not only a fascinating subject, but also one that generates a significant volume of business worldwide, this exhibition hosted by the Duchess of Cadaval will certainly attract the attention of international media, not only for having been conceived by Hubert de Givenchy but also for its unique location and for showing pieces of art. handcrafted in the most prestigious haute couture sanctuaries, that have never been seen by the public.