You are cordially invited to take a walk down the aisle of over 100 weddings in history, when the second annual Weddings in History Exhibition takes place at the Nav Centre, from Aug. 3 to 5.
“The exhibition, featuring original, vintage and celebrity-worn wedding dresses, is a tribute to wedding fashions over the last 150 plus years,” said collector and event organizer, Joy Fine, whose long-time interest in vintage fashion began it all for her twelve years ago.
This is certainly a women’s event, said Fine, who also welcomes their grooms to attend. It gives brides-to-be the opportunity to come and get ideas for their own wedding and others to relive theirs, while viewing the evolution of fashion and the personal stories that go with them.
Some of the collection’s highlights include a 1843 waistcoat from the wedding of Philadelphia businessman, H. N. Burroughs; a wedding dress from 1984, accompanied by actual snapshots, of the wedding between Alexis Adams and the late George Peppard, A-TEAM cast member; as well a couple of nice pieces belonging to notable women, such as Lynn Johnston, the creator of the For Better or Worse comic.
The exhibit also features several multi-generation groupings, as well as the gown of a local bride along with the kilt that her husband wore.
Each display is dated, and many among those include the stories behind the piece. “Most have the name of the bride who wore the wedding attire, and a photo of how she looked on her wedding day.”
The timeline spans such style statements as the train, the bustle, the flapper, the mini, and today’s less modest fashions. Bridal traditions of different cultures are also included with the colourful Lehenga, Kaftan and Kimono.
What’s also very interesting is the size of the earlier pieces which shows not only the evolution of fashion but the evolution of people, as well as their social status, explained Fine.
“These pieces are original, vintage wear with provenance,” she said. “The displays have either the year they were worn, the name of the bride, or a photo of her. In most cases all three.”
Anyone wanting to donate their wedding attire to the collection or wanting to help break a wedding photo Guinness Book World Record are welcome to.
For further information, visit http://weddingsinhistory.jimdo.com/ .