Summer Exhibit: Weddings Remembered
June 1 – September 10, 2016
Wedding dresses from 1787 to the 1950’s will be featured in the summer exhibit at Packwood House Museum showcasing the changing styles of American brides.
Among the many styles to be represented will be a minimalist grey taffeta dress worn in a 1875 Quaker service, a drop waist flapper dress from the 1920s and a short white taffeta dress with crinoline and veil from the 1950s.
The exhibit features more than a dozen wedding gowns along with era-appropriate accessories. The dresses are from the collections of three area museums: The Thomas T. Taber Museum in Williamsport, PA, and the Packwood House Museum, Slifer House Museum, both in Lewisburg as well as the Muncy Historical Society. The Wilson Ross clothing store in Lewisburg loaned accessories from their collection to the exhibit.
“Each gown in the exhibit tells a sentimental story,” noted exhibit co-chair Judy Hontz.
“Weddings Remembered” runs from June 1 through September 10 (Tuesday to Saturday) at the Packwood House Museum, located on the corner of Market and N. Water Streets in Lewisburg.
Co-chair Faye Stein explained that the exhibit highlights not only changing dress styles over the decades, but also wedding elements such as bouquets, veils and the tradition of the gift table.
A wedding dress from a Paris designer for a bride in Lycoming County borrows high fashion elements from the late 1880s, including leg-o-mutton sleeves, a pearl and crystal embellished chiffon collar, and a satin skirt with a long train. “It has a 19th-century flavor but it really is a classic,” said Stein. An especially interesting gown from 1946 was sewn from the fabric of the parachute that saved the life of the bride’s husband.
“The show is about much more than the white wedding dress. It also speaks to the essence of American style,” added exhibit committee members Nancy Curran and Jane Williams. “The exhibit addresses not only wedding fashion history but also social history.
The exhibit also includes dresses that stray from the traditional white, including a 1936 dress of deep green satin featuring bishop sleeves. “Not everyone was married in a white wedding gown; often it was your best dress,” Hontz said.
Funding for the exhibit is provided through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.
“Weddings Remembered” runs from June 1st through September 10th at the Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water Street, Lewisburg. Exhibit open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m.; $7.50 admission for adults, members and children under 11 are free.
For additional information contact 570- 524-0323.