The Exhibit “Wedding Days & Wedding Nights” provides a view of wedding attire from the late 1800’s through the 1950’s. In addition to the gowns and nightwear of the brides, there is some clothing for the men worn during the ceremonies. There are also photos of couples, brides and wedding parties from the period. The gowns reflect Wedding Advice from Ladies Home Journal, from March 1894:
“There are some things that a bride must remember: her bodice must be high in the neck; her sleeves reach quite to the wrists, and her gown must be full, unbroken folds that show the richness of the material, and there must not be even a suggestion of such frivolities as frills or ribbons of any kind.”
The exhibit is on display at the Kissam House, 434 Park Avenue, during special events and upon request by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact Wendy Andersen, Assistant Director, at (631)427-7045 x404 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .