Adalbert and Eva Fenyes wedding portrait, Budapest, 1896

“I Do, I Do” at Pasadena Museum of History

On MOTA Day, visitors will get a chance to check out the latest exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History – and it’s more than just lace and fluff!

“I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot 1850 to 1950″ showcases the wedding dress as an icon of social customs through the decades between 1850 and 1950.

Presenting historical narratives associated with the museum’s costume and textile collection, the exhibition is a fascinating look at age-old traditions of Pasadenenas since the arrival of the first settlers of the Indiana Colony.

I Do! I Do! will exhibit over thirty-five bridal gowns and the wedding stories that accompany them.

See the evolution of the wedding dress from a woman’s best dress worn in weddings of 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.

Sleeve detail from Wedding dress, jacket, and slip. Cream linen and taffeta with crocheted lace, 1910.

Sleeve detail from Wedding dress, jacket, and slip. Cream linen and taffeta with crocheted lace, 1910.

The selection shown in this exhibition will include the 1880 dress worn at the wedding of early Pasadena settlers Jennie Hollingsworth and Joshua Giddings.Other highlights include the 1901 gown of the niece of Governor Henry Harrison Markham and several intricately beaded knee-length wedding dresses favored in the 1920s.

Formal portraits, engagement and wedding announcements, guest books, and other ephemera will accompany the gowns.

It’s one exhibit we’re sure you’ll “fall in love with!” Don’t miss it on MOTA Day!

PMH Volunteer Roberta Dumas works with exhibition co-curators Dr. Elizabeth Smalley and Suzanne Ehrmann to prepare the mannequins (Photo by Michelle Turner);

PMH Volunteer Roberta Dumas works with exhibition co-curators Dr. Elizabeth Smalley and Suzanne Ehrmann to prepare the mannequins (Photo by Michelle Turner);

 

 

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