And the Bride Wore...

And The Bride Wore… is the title of our next exhibition offering, opening September 17th with a Friends preview, of course. The exhibition will have two installations, one during Fall semester, and the second in Spring semester so we can maximize the number of dresses to display in our upper gallery space.

The exhibition is organized around several themes, instead of being a strict timeline of wedding gown fashions, but will still feature dresses from the 1880s through the end of the 20th century and possibly into the 21st. All have interesting stories which accompany them. The themes include, “Something Old” and “Something New” which are pretty self-explanatory, “Something Borrowed”—a dress borrowed or re-cycled from a previous bride, “Something Blue”—a non-white wedding gown, “Generations”—more than one generation of brides in a family, “War Brides”—dresses worn around various war times, and “Local Interest”—dresses with stories and connections local to Columbus and Ohio. Each installation will feature 15-16 gowns and all thematic areas.


Gayle Strege and Marlise Schoeny