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Exhibit Location: Horace Greeley House
Exhibit Year: 2014
Costume Exhibit at Horace Greeley House
Come and view gorgeous wedding gowns from the Historical Society’s extensive costume collection and gowns on loan from friends of the Society! On view are a custom made Vera Wang gown worn by Vanessa Williams, a gown from the Gibson Girl era, a tea length wedding ensemble, a lace embellished 1970s gown and many more.
Did you know that some wedding traditions are relatively modern, such as the diamond engagement ring, and others, like the wedding kiss, go back to the Romans. The white wedding dress became a wedding tradition after Queen Victoria chose to wear a white gown when she married Prince Albert in 1840. Up until then, royalty had worn silver dresses. Until economics improved, women simply wore their “best dress” for their wedding and continued to wear it on special occasions afterward.