Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bridal Gown Display opens at the Franklin Historical Museum - June 8

The Franklin Historical Museum opens its popular Bridal Gown Exhibit on Thursday evening June 8. Doors open at 4:00 for this special event.

Dresses dating from 1893 through the 1950s will be on display through the summer months. This is always one of our most popular exhibits, and with the time it takes to get all of the gowns out, pressed, dressed, researched and displayed, we thought we’d give everyone the opportunity to enjoy it all summer long.

Two dresses of note will be in the exhibit again this year. The parachute dress, made from the silk of a Japanese parachute, worn by a young Franklin woman, as she married back in 1946, after the end of World War II. There is a beautiful story that goes along with the acquisition of the parachute and the making of the dress. Come in and learn all about it.

Our oldest gown is from 1893. It is unique in that it too was made by the bride and includes a bodice made with whale bone. The fabric is very delicate at this point, but the dress is really something to see. We have a photograph of the bride from nearly 125 years ago.

Bridal Gown Display opens at the Franklin Historical Museum - June 8
Bridal Gown Display opens at the Franklin Historical Museum - June 8

We also have a beautiful 1950’s gown from Priscilla of Boston. Trimmed in delicate blue flowers, this gown is a favorite at the museum. And we’re very proud to have on display again this year the gown worn by Franklin’s own Stella Jeon. The lovely gown, gloves, hat and veil had been preserved for nearly 60 years before being opened and presented to the museum as Stella wished. Photographs and keepsakes from her wedding are also on display.

Over 100 volunteer hours have gone into the preparation of this exhibit and we’re thrilled to have it open through the summer. We will have two guest speakers during the exhibit. Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective will give a presentation and slide show on the History of the Wedding Dress, Sunday June 18th at 1:15PM. And Karen Antonowicz will give a presentation on Bridal Fashions on Saturday July 29th at 10:30AM

The opening of the exhibit is in conjunction with the Franklin Downtown Partnership Strawberry Stroll. There will be lots to see, do and enjoy throughout the downtown area. The museum will also have an exhibit of gorgeous classic cars displayed out front, courtesy of the Red Devils Car Club. Join us for all the fun.

For more about the event, visit the Historical Museum on Facebook
or the Historical Museum webpage

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