Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bridal Show prep

It's that time of year!!

I am in the thick of writing the Bridal Show script, based on the stories told to me by the dress owners when they came in to drop them off.  I really enjoy talking to each person, listening to how they met their spouse, what they loved about their wedding gown, and where they went on their honeymoon.

This year our oldest dress is from 1907!  It is white cotton, with many, many parts.  There is a slip, skirt, camisole, blouse, vest, and cummerbund!  There is also a pair of pantaloons, shoes, and stockings which our model will not be wearing.

The dresses are all borrowed from the community -- a museum never, ever allows people to wear garments from the permanent collection.  Many Bridal Show participants choose to donate their dresses after the show, however.  After we process the donation paperwork, they become part of the collection and will only be worn by a mannequin in the future.

There are a total of 43 dresses in this year's show.  There are many lovely examples from the "golden age" of bridal fashion in the 1940s and 1950s.  Plus a ton of really great stories -- some funny, some moving, some sad.  That is what makes our show so unique.  Sure, it's about vintage fashion, but the focus is on the history of the dresses and the couples' individual stories.  I am honored to be the MC for the show, because it allows me to share all of these stories with you.

If you'd like to make reservations, tickets are selling fast!  The cost is $30 per person and includes a pre-party, an elegant brunch, and the style show.  The date is April 5 and doors open at 10:00 AM.  Call 330-455-7043 for reservations.

Back to script writing!

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