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And the Bride Wore

Description

And The Bride Wore…

…is a phrase that often appeared in newspaper accounts of weddings throughout the twentieth century, describing the dress chosen by the bride for one of the most sartorially significant moments of her life. We chose it as the title of this exhibition about wedding dresses, because we wanted the focus to be on the dress itself, the bride and the material culture background story about both.
As with all exhibitions, making the choices about which artifacts to display is often difficult because of the breadth of worthy items from which to choose. We solved this dilemma in two ways. The first was to create two installations so we could show as many wedding gowns in the collection as possible. The second was to organize the dresses into categories for interesting groupings. For this exhibition, the groupings are: Something Old—a dress of a certain age, Something New—a dress relatively recent, Something Borrowed—a dress borrowed from a former bride, Something Blue—in this case, a non-white dress, Local Stories—a dress with an interesting story relevant to a local Columbus or Ohio store, War Brides—dresses with stories related to times of war, and Generation Gap—dresses from multiple generations in one family.
Again, with exhibitions, they do not happen without considerable help and I would like to acknowledge that help here. Assistant curator, Marlise Schoeny, did thorough “background checks” on the brides to uncover information to include in the informational labels, and also created the photo gallery of brides for whom we have portraits but are not in the exhibition—a method of including those for which we don’t have the space to physically display. Friend of the Collection, Jennifer Brown of Romance Studio created several headpieces to accompany our gowns; those pieces are noted in the labels. Volunteers Julie Burnsides dressed several of our mannequins in their varied period attire, and Jackie Farbeann employed her needle to stabilize those artifacts that needed tender loving care. In addition, volunteers Kathy Copeland, Connie Cummings, and Joyce Smith helped with many tasks, large and small, to make this exhibition as well as the daily operations of the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection a success.

Duration

September 17 – December 13, 2014 and January 22 – May 9, 2015

Event Type

Exhibition

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Collection

Citation

“And the Bride Wore,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed May 25, 2017, http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/4971.

Item Relations

This Item depicts Item: 1881 Silk Beaded Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1957 White Silk Wedding Gown
This Item depicts Item: 1945 Rayon Bridesmaid Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1945 Rayon Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1893 Tan Silk Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1880s Wool and Silk Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1928 Mauve Chiffon Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1941 Ivory Satin Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1917 Crepe Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1970 Organza Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1920s White Beaded Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1950s White Lace and Chiffon Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1990s Badgley Mischka Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1946 Silk Parachute Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1960s Silk Wedding Dress and Reception Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1880 Two-Tone Silk Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1900s Gray/Pink Wool Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1951 Satin and Lace Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1891 Silk Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1922 Silk Satin and Lace Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1943 White Satin and Lace Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1910 Silk Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1941 Acetate Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1905 Pineapple Cloth Wedding Dress
This Item depicts Item: 1919 White Silk Wedding Dress