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I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot

Feb 11, 2013
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Limerick lace

Limerick lace

The wedding gown.

Just those words conjure up excitement, expectations, hopes, dreams, as well as despair, dread and even condescension.

Opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, the Pasadena Museum of History is unveiling its extensive collection of period wedding dresses, including “stunning” dresses on loan from individuals and top designers.

Part I (Feb. 14-July 14) will cover the time period 1850-1950, while Part 11 (Aug. 2-Oct. 20) will go from mid 20th century to the present.

This Thursday, you can come see “the wedding gown as an icon of social customs” from a woman’s best dress worn in the 1860s, the lace and high waists of the 1900s, and the long silk trains of the 1930s, to the hourglass silhouettes of the 1950s.

Special tours and programs that further explore the fashions and these of I Do! I Do! will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition. Check the PMH website for details (PasadenaHistory.org).

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Sleeve detail from wedding dress, jacket, and slip; cream linen and taffeta with crocheted lace, 1910; 90.19.42a-c

One example on display will be the 1901 gown worn by the niece of Governor Henry Harrison Markham. Accompanying the more than 70 gowns will be formal portraits, engagement and wedding announcements, and guest books. One wedding photo shows Dorothy Hooper on her wedding day at the old All Saints Episcopal Church on June 7, 1925. Her veil is Limerick lace and had been worn by her English grandmother at her presentation to the court of Queen Victoria. Both Dorothy and her husband Kenneth attended Pasadena public schools. Dorothy became a librarian at the Pasadena Public Library and Kenneth graduated from Caltech in 1922.

 

 

 

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Adalbert and Eva Fenyes wedding portrait, Budapest, 1896; PHS16-1c

 

I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot
Show runs Thurs., Feb. 14th through July 14th
Pasadena Museum of History,
Hours: noon-5 p.m., Wednesday through Sundays
PasadenaHistory.org
Admission: general, $7; students & seniors, $6; members and children under 12, free
“Community Wednesday” allows free admission to anyone who lives, works, or is a student in any of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Glendale, Highland Park, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and Temple City. Must show some sort of I.D. at the museum store for free admittance.

(L to R): PMH volunteer Roberta Dumas works with exhibition co-curators Dr. Elizabeth Smalley & Suzanne Ehrmann to prepare the mannequins; photo by Michelle Turner

(L to R): PMH volunteer Roberta Dumas works with exhibition co-curators Dr. Elizabeth Smalley & Suzanne Ehrmann to prepare the mannequins; photo by Michelle Turner




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