Exhibition at ATHM: "Behind the Veil: Brides and their Dresses"

    Sat, Apr 6 - Sun, Aug 11, 2013

    Times: Wed. - Sun., 10am - 5pm

    Venue: American Textile History Museum

    491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854

    Contact:

    Maura Ryan

    mryan@athm.org

    (978) 441 0400

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    Beginning April 6, the American Textile History Museum presents "Behind the Veil: Brides and their Dresses," an intimate look at generations of wedding dresses and the women who wore them. Whether extravagant or frugal, traditional or fashion-forward, the story behind a bride's dress has much to tell us about her life as well as our common culture. A symbol of love and commitment, the wedding dress personifies girlhood fantasies, a moment of transition, a performance of cultural values. "Behind the Veil" explores how brides over the last 130 years have chosen their wedding dresses, and how their decisions are shaped by fashion, family, and finances. This exhibition highlights not only the dresses worn on the big day, but the stories of the women who wore them - whether a traditional princess-style dress or a funky animal print, whether a simple homemade dress from the early 19th century or a mini worn in 1969. How have women created alternatives to the iconic white dress, or how have they embraced the fairytale wedding? More than an historical survey, this exhibition explores generations of women and the stories of their bridal attire. "Behind the Veil" is on view through August 11, 2013. Price: Free for Museum members and children under 6, $8 for adults 17 and older, $6 for seniors (65 and older), children 6 - 16, and college students with ID. Museum Hours: Wed. - Sun., 10am - 5pm.

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