Adore wedding dresses? Then head over to the Pasadena History Museum to get your fill of florals, frills, and fabulous wedding dresses and gowns. The exhibit, part II of a two part series, showcases stunning wedding dresses and gowns from the 1950s until the present day. And let me tell you, they’re beautiful. Each dress was carefully selected for its ability to tell a story and each was borrowed from local brides, bridal houses, and designers. (Featured designers include Oleg Cassini, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Alexander McQueen among others — we’re talking big timers, here.)
While I wandered past each gown, reading its story, seeing its bride photographed, I found the progression of style fascinating. The earlier decades produced wedding dresses and gowns with lots of long sleeves, lots of high necks, lots of lace. Brides, in other words, were covered up. My favorite from this period was a gown with a poofy, pleated skirt and long sleeve lace top that featured a popped collar. A popped collar! (I adore a popped collar and secretly wish I had thought of this idea for my wedding. That’s what renewing your vows are for, right?)
Then, as the years continued, sleeves began to disappear. Necklines were dropped. Textures were mixed. Like the Oscar de la Renta gown that appeared to blend a crinkled silk top with a tulle skirt, overlaid with detailed floral cut outs. (My favorite by far of the exhibit’s current day styles.)
The exhibit is small but not underwhelming. A delight for anyone who appreciates the specialness of the wedding gown. That fabulous piece that brings beauty, awe, and a bit of magic to any wedding. Experience the magic yourself: Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5pm until November 3 at the Pasadena History Museum.
photo by Robin Puentes
Slide photo courtesy of www.fotonuovo.com wedding photographers
PS. The publishers visit – Hem-young and Dominic stopped at a gown near the entrance that was totally made of silk flowers – floor length, sleevless, low cut, and row upon row of flowers… one our favorites among the wedding gowns there. The woman behind us immediately said… “oh that’s for sure a Vera Wang”, but it turned out that it was.. umm… Monique Lhuillier, we think. Robin took a photo of it, posted here, so you can all see it and tell us who designed it. Well, it is beautiful, and we would have loved to have seen the bride.
We saw a photo of Oko Ono in her gown, and Jackie Kennedy too. Guess who was more elegant, poised and stately?