Posted by: Susan | January 10, 2011

Wedded Perfection


No, I am not going to be talking about my marriage I am going to be talking about the exhibit April and I saw at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

It was a snowy day as we drove the 20 minutes to the museum.  A perfect girl outing.  I am sure that none of the guys wanted to go look at wedding dresses from the 1800’s until the present.  Fifty gowns ladies……………50!  We entered the gorgeous museum…The only place we weren’t allowed to take pictures was at the wedding dress exhibit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns
October 9, 2010 – January 30, 2011

United States
Wedding Dress: Bodice, Overskirt, Skirt, and Underskirt, 1869
Cotton
Gift of Milton and Kathryn Graff
2001.105a-d
 

Wedded Perfection unravels more than 200 years of the evolution of the wedding gown paralleled with the social, economic and political status of the women they adorned.

Wedded Perfection features over 50 gowns from the late 18th-century to modern designers including Vera Wang, Yohji Yamamoto and Geoffrey Beene. Nineteenth-century economic expansion and the establishment of the bridal industry in the post-World War II era transformed the wedding gown from a symbol of purity to a vehicle for displaying wealth.

The exhibition will explore the 21st-century bride as the centerpiece of an elaborate theatrical presentation and her wedding gown as an integral part of the spectacle. Organized by the Museum’s Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles Cynthia Amneus.

 

 

I was amazed by the gowns from the 1800’s.  The waists were really small- like Gone With the Wind small.  April’s favorite wedding dress was one made for a TV show.  Mine was the one made out of latex gloves (I am not making this up, just the part about it being my favorite).  There were a couple of Vera Wang dresses that were gorgeous and some with fabulous trains.  If you live in Cincinnati don’t miss it.  See why I love Cincinnati so much.

Off to the gift shop.  You can buy this for only $1,500.

Or this for only $550 to go with your wedding dress.  I think you could wear it with lots of things.  A perfect hour or so spent with my lovely daughter talking and looking and laughing and dreaming.   Oh yes, there was a life lesson in there too.

Life Lesson…from a cocktail napkin!

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