Pink "American Brides" graphic with photo of five white historic dresses
Pink "American Brides" graphic with photo of five white historic dresses

American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity
The Greater Denton Arts Council's Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
June 28-October 24, 2014

 

White gallery with several rows of contemporary wedding dresses on mannequins
White gallery with several rows of contemporary wedding dresses on mannequins

Meadows Gallery

Exhibition label with text about Victorian wedding traditions
Exhibition label with text about Victorian wedding traditions
Pink text 1844 with two photos of an 1840s white wedding dress on mannequin
Pink text 1844 with two photos of an 1840s white wedding dress on mannequin

c.1844
Wedding gown of cream silk satin with fan pleated yoke and fitted bodice and a full gathered skirt.
Courtesy of Steven Porterfield

Three photos of white wedding dresses on mannequins dated 1878, 1874, 1880
Three photos of white wedding dresses on mannequins dated 1878, 1874, 1880

c.1878 (left top)
Wedding gown of ecru silk satin, with a cuirasse bodice trimmed with lace and ribbons; skirt features asymmetrical draped front with piccadil tabbed hem and a long train.

c. 1880 (left bottom)
Wedding dress of ecru silk dasmask with a floral motif, bodice has covered buttons with a piccadil scalloped hem. Skirt is composed of draped panel overlays on top of rows of pleated ruffles in front, back is a high bustle with polonaise-style train.

1874 (right)
Wedding gown of off-white silk with gathered front panel trimmed in lace; skirt has draped side panels with a long train.

Images courtesy of Steven Porterfield

1993 white embroidered wedding dress on mannequin next to 1878 purple wedding dress
1993 white embroidered wedding dress on mannequin next to 1878 purple wedding dress

1993 (left)
Designed by Victor Costa
Wedding gown of cream silk faille with embroidered floral motif in a historical style inspired by late nineteenth-century styles. Bodice has long sleeves and high choker collar with a full skirt and lace underskirt. This dress was worn by Camilla Codrington on her marriage to Count de Rochambeau at Cawdor Village Church, Inverness, on May 29, 1993.
Gift of Camilla de Rochambeau
Texas Fashion Collection     

1878 (right)
Day dress, originally worn as a wedding dress, of plum silk satin trimmed with purple cut velvet in a floral motif; boned bodice features a velvet yoke inset and an attached skirt that has a draped satin front with two assymetrical velvet panels and a long ruffled train.
Gift of Mrs. Abraham J. Asche
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

1912 white wedding dress, full garment on mannequin and two beading details
1912 white wedding dress, full garment on mannequin and two beading details

c. Wedding gown of ivory silk satin trimmed with Chantilly lace with a draped bodice and beaded corsage, draped panel skirt with inset, long train attached at waist.
Gift of Mrs. Margaret Baker, from the Estate of Mrs Tom Braniff
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

Two white 1920s wedding dresses on white mannequins
Two white 1920s wedding dresses on white mannequins

c. 1920 (left)
Wedding dress of off-white net and machine embroidered lace and piping on bodice, peplum, and full ankle-length skirt.
Gift of Neiman Marcus
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

c. 1925 (right)
Wedding dress of cream silk chiffon crepe, metallic lace, silver and crystal bugle beads.
Gift of Mrs. William Tobian
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

Two white wedding dresses dated 1912 and 1934 on mannequins on platform
Two white wedding dresses dated 1912 and 1934 on mannequins on platform

c.1912 (left)

c. 1934 (right)
Wedding dress of ivory silk satin with v-neckline, midriff of ruched satin in a large diamond pattern, and full-length bias-cut skirt and train.
Anonymous Donor
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

White wedding dress with lace overlay and long veil against grey backdrop
White wedding dress with lace overlay and long veil against grey backdrop

1936
Designed by Edward Molyneux
Wedding gown of candlelight silk satin, consisting of a sleeveless underdress with braided trim, over which is a full-length lace tunic and train.
Worn by Bertha Marie Masur of Monroe Louisiana.
Gift of Mrs. Jacqueline Masur McElhaney
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

Four contemporary wedding dresses in white gallery on white mannequins
Four contemporary wedding dresses in white gallery on white mannequins

2011
Designed by Chelsea Bell
Wedding gown of pale rose silk taffeta in a strapless sheath-style with a full gathered skirt below the knee and fabric floral embellishments at right shoulder and lower skirt. Chelsea Creech married Brian Bell in an outdoor ceremony near Austin, Texas. Several designs by Ines di Santo inspired her to create her dream wedding gown.
Courtesy of Chelsea Bell

c. 2007
Designed by Janie Stidham
Dress and jacket of oyster-white silk with bead and feather embellishment. Custom designed for Lari Gibbons, this dress is titled “Arctic Bliss.” Gibbons was married in Alaska and wanted a dress that expressed the Alaskan climate. With this in mind, Janie Stidham chose a cool gray satin embellished with bead trim to reflect light.
Courtesy of Lari Gibbons

1994
Designed by Victor Costa
Wedding gown of white silk satin with a sleeveless bodice in piped satin rows, and a cone shaped skirt of geometric cut-outs. Worn by Patricia Barlerin Farman-Farmaian at her wedding to Prince Alexander Farman-Farmaian. October 1, 1994, at St. James Episcopal Church, Madison Ave., New York City. Inspired by an Italian gown the bride saw, she and Victor Costa kept it secret from everyone- including the mother of the bride- until the wedding.
Gift of Patricia M. Patterson
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

2011
Designed by Zigwai Remy Odukomaiya
Wedding gown of white Duchess silk, silk gauze, and dupioni silk embellished with hand-coiled medallion appliques on bodice, with a full gathered skirt. The title of this dress is “Bliss.” Zigwai Remy Odukomaiya crafted the coils of fabric using traditional Nigerian Basket-making techniques as her inspiration.
Courtesy of Zigwai Remy Odukomaiya

Two photos of white wedding dress with puffed sleeves and full skirt  on dressform
Two photos of white wedding dress with puffed sleeves and full skirt  on dressform

Designed by Winn Morton
Made in New York by Jon Rager of Michael-Jon Costumes
Custom wedding dress of silk taffeta. Bodice with high collar and lace net inset with a ruffle yoke and large puffed sleeves trimmed in a deep ruffle hem; pleated waistband and train. This dress, inspired by Princess Diana’s wedding gown, was described by the bride as her “dream wedding gown.”
Courtesy of Martha Wyly Miller

Exhibition label with text about brides breaking with tradition
Exhibition label with text about brides breaking with tradition

Breaking with Tradition

White gallery with four platforms featuring unconventional wedding dresses
White gallery with four platforms featuring unconventional wedding dresses

Gough Gallery

Yellow lace dress from 1972 and 2009 white dress with navy blue cropped jacket
Yellow lace dress from 1972 and 2009 white dress with navy blue cropped jacket

2009
Designed by Matthew Earnest
Wedding dress of white jersey knit with inverted pleats at midriff and a navy linen faille Spencer-style jacket.Worn by Allison V. Smith, granddaughter of Stanley Marcus, at her wedding to Barry Whistler in August 2009. Smith worked closely with Matthew Earnest on a full-length dress for the ceremony in Rockport, Maine. The dress was then altered by the designer, who cut off the dress below the knew, transforming it for the reception.
Courtesy of Allison V. Smith

Three 1970s prairie-style wedding dresses on dressforms in white gallery
Three 1970s prairie-style wedding dresses on dressforms in white gallery

1974
Two piece of wedding dress of embroidered eyelet cotton; bodice with a soft tie collar, long sleeves, and a full pleated skirt. The dress was made from a Vogue Pattern by a neighbor, Evelyn Manning. Worn by Myra Walker in an outdoor ceremony in Germantown, Tennessee, on August 10, 1974.
Gift of Myra Walker
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

1972
Wedding dress of purple calico cotton in a floral motif. This dress was made from a Folkwear Pattern by the donor’s college roommate, Jane, in 1972.  Worn by Nancy Walkup during her ceremony at a Mission Church on an Indian Reservation.
Gift of Nancy Walkup
Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas

1977
Designed by Jessica McClintock
Wedding dress of ivory cotton with lace details, scoop neckline, long sleeves with cuffs and a wide band at empire waistline. Worn by Janelle McCabe at her wedding on April 29, 1977. McCabe chose a Gunne Sax dress because it was a popular brand at the time.
Courtesy of Janelle McCabe

American Brides graphic and photo of pink flowers and cake on table at event
American Brides graphic and photo of pink flowers and cake on table at event

Finale