A display of wedding dresses from the museum's collection as well as gowns on loan fill the museum with beauty, elegance and nostalgia. Learn a little bit about the history of the wedding gown style and when a famous royal greatly influenced style, making white the color of choice for brides.
The ever popular Parachute dress made from a Japanese parachute sent home to the bride Emma Veluti by her groom Edward Rabioli during WWII. This 1940's gown designed by Ida Santoro features a beautiful 15ft court train.
A new gown on display this year was worn by Stella Kehoyas in 1956 when she married Nicholas Jeon. Many Franklin residents will remember that Stella and Nick Jeon ran 'Jimmies' uptown, on the bridge for many years. Stella went on to entertain with her thoughtful interviews of notable Franklin residents.
Another new gown in the exhibit represents the beautiful detail of the modern age and was worn by the late Cheryl Getchell at her 1993 wedding to Michael Vendetti.
The oldest gown in the collection, made with whalebone stays in the lace trimmed bodice, is the 1890 dress worn by Julia Clausmeyer when she married her groom John Daesen. Lace from this gown was used 45 years later to make the hat that completed the outfit of Mrs. Daesen's daughter, Florence May Daesen at her 1935 marriage to Edward Murphy.
The delicate white chiffon dress worn by Jeannett LaBastie on the day she wed Edmund Pisani is also part of the display.
The gowns are accompanied by photos, stories and memorabilia that complete the picture of the dresses and the brides that wore them.
|one of the wedding gowns on display|
Visit the museum
- Thursday evenings from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
- Saturdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
- Sundays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.
The Franklin Historical museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Route 140.