Monday, July 8, 2013

Wedding Gowns at the Franklin Historical Museum

This summer the popular Wedding Gown Exhibit has returned once again to the Franklin Historical Museum. Volunteers from the Franklin Historical Commission have been hard at work sewing, mending, ironing, dressing mannequins and researching in preparation for the exhibit.

FHM: wedding dress
wedding dress on exhibit

The ever popular Parachute Gown from the 1940’s, worn by Emma Velluti and made from silk material from a Japanese parachute, sent home by the groom Edward Rabaioli, is the centerpiece dress once again this year. A gown from the late 1800s with accent pieces recently discovered by comparing photographs to items in the museum’s bridal collection is on display. A beautiful Pricilla of Boston gown from 1954 adorned with tiny blue flowers is shown. On loan for the exhibit is a hoop style gown worn by Rosalie DeBaggis at her wedding to Charlie Crevo in 1959 as well as Rosalie’s mother’s Flapper Style wedding dress from 1930. Most dresses have pictures or stories to accompany them along with names, dates and details of the couples.

FHM: wedding dress
wedding dress on exhibit

Have you ever wondered when the fashion for brides to wear white began? It wasn’t always the case. Where did the custom to wear ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ come from? Why does the bride throw her bouquet? Just how much influence did a young Queen Victoria have on today’s modern weddings? You’ll find it out when you visit the Franklin Historical Museum from now through mid September and experience the Wedding Gown Exhibit.

The Museum is open Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm and is located at 80 West Central Street, downtown Franklin.

Visit the Franklin Historical Museum website here

Text and photos provided by the Franklin Historical Museum

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