Bridal Gown exhibit opens Friday night at Cumberland County Museum

Dave Mathieson
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Museum will have photo booth for high school graduates June 12 and 24

AMHERST – Bridal gowns have changed over the last century, and those changes are on display beginning Friday at the Cumberland County Museum & Archives located on Church Street in Amherst.

“Seeing the changes in styles is interesting,” said Natasha Richard, museum curator.

The Gowns Through Time exhibit holds its opening reception Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cumberland museum.

The exhibit features bridal gowns from the late 1800s and early 1900s up to the 1970’s, and modern bridal dresses from 2013.

Richard points to some of the older dresses and says, “Here you have everything covered, where today you have dresses that are strapless.”

“We also have dresses designed by Canadian designer Stephannie Kia,” added Richard. “She designed dresses for 2013 spring collection and modelled at Toronto Fashion Week.”

One thing people will notice about many of the older dresses and shoes is their narrowness.

“The dresses are tiny,” said Richard. “We had a hard time getting them on the forms to hang them.”

The 20th century dresses on display were owned mostly by people in Amherst and are part of the museums permanent collection, including dresses owned by the Christies family, which owned the historic Trunk & Baggage Company of Amherst.

“Some have a lot of detail and beading,” said Richard. “And some are very fragile. You can see the shattered silk and how it fell apart on its own.”

Amherst high school students attending prom and graduation ceremonies often go to the museum to take pictures in the museum gardens.

This year, on June 12 and 24, the gardens will be available for photos and the museum will also set up a vintage photo booth with props for use.

The doors to the photo booth will be open until 8 p.m. and donations are welcome.

Fore more information contact the museum at 667-2561.





Organizations: Cumberland County Museum, Bridal Gown, Toronto Fashion Week

Geographic location: AMHERST, Church Street

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