Courtesy of The Pasadena Museum of History
Adalbert and Eva Fenyes wedding portrait, Budapest, 1896. PHS16-1c.
The Pasadena Museum of History opens major 2-part exhibition on Valentine's Day that explores the wedding gown as icon of social customs. The exhibition is called: I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot 1850 to 1950.
Part I, on view from Feb. 14 to July 14, 2013 features 40+ gowns c. 1850 to 1950 from Pasadena Museum of History's Costume and Textiles Collection along with historical narratives that tell the tale of a changing society as illustrated by this singular fashion item. The garments, dating from 1850 to 1950, show the evolution of the wedding ensemble from a woman?s best dress worn in the 1860s, to the lace and high waists of the 1900s, the long silk trains of the 1930s, and, finally, the hourglass silhouettes of the 1950s.
Part II, Aug. 2 - Oct. 20, presents gowns on loan from local residents, bridal shops, and designers (Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Alexander McQueen) that define a specific style and together create a chronology of bridal fashion decade by decade from 1950 to today.
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