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I Do: The History of Wedding Fashion and Tradition


On View June 7 – September 9, 2022

c. 1880 donated by Mrs. Kempton Dunn


This exhibition features for the first-time wedding dresses from 1820-1990 drawn from the Museum’s extensive clothing and textile collection.  Also included are shoes, including a pair manufactured at the famous Benedict Shoe Factory in New Canaan, veils, headpieces, and ephemera, along with images and histories of the women who wore them.  Click on the button below to see the spectacular attire, and learn about the evolution of wedding style and the changing traditions associated with marriage.