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Historical wedding dresses

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September 04, 2017

Samantha Mason views her great grandmother's wedding photo and the gown will be featured in the EHS exhibition.

THE Echuca Historical Society’s The Wedding Dress Through Time is nearly here.

The exhibition kicks off at 1 Dickson St on Friday.

Margaret Hart, who is helping co-ordinate the exhibition, said the society had 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.’’

The exhibit will run for six to eight weeks and will be open weekdays between 11am and 3pm.

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

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