Wedding bells (and belles)

July 31, 2017

Anni Bruns models a vintage wedding dress from the early 20th century. Photo by Luke Hemer.

WEDDING bells might not be ringing at Echuca Historical Society but their big display for September is all about brides.

Specifically, about the dresses that have been worn through the decades at local weddings.

Margaret Hart, who is helping co-ordinate the exhibition, said the society has been given a number of wedding dresses over the years.

Most of them are from the 1920s to the 1970s – but the oldest goes back to 1847.

Until Queen Victoria married in white in 1840 the colour was virtually never seen at a wedding – after 1840 it became the predominant colour in the western world.

“The dress we have from 1847 is actually green and while we don’t have a photo of the bride in it, understandably, we do have a painting,” Margaret said.

“It was worn by a Mrs Kinnair but we do not have much detail beyond that.

“We also have a brown one which is most unusual but mostly they are white or ivory – we don’t have a black one, which was a popular colour before Victoria.

“At this point we expect to have about 14 dresses but if anyone wants to donate one, or even lend it for the exhibition that would be fantastic as we would like to have some modern ones as well,” she said.

“We would also be just as happy to receive photos of people in their wedding dresses – they can email them to us at [email protected] or drop them in on Wednesdays or Thursdays between 11am and 2pm at 1 Dickson St and we will scan them.”

The Weddings Through The Ages exhibit will run for six to eight weeks and will be open weekdays between 11am and 3pm from September 8.

Entry to the museum and the exhibition will be $5.

The exhibit will also include some privately owned dresses which have been loaned for the occasion.

■Further details are available from EHS on 5480 1325.

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