Part I: 1850 to 1950
On view February 14 to July 14, 2013
I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot, Part I: 1850 to 1950 told the story of the wedding dress as a harbinger of social customs over these ten decades, through gowns in the Museum’s costume and textile collections.
I Do! I Do! featured forty-two bridal gowns and the wedding stories that accompany them. The gowns demonstrated the evolution of wedding fashion from the bell-shaped skirts of a woman’s best dress worn in weddings of the 1860s, to the lace and high waists of the 1900s, the long silk trains of the 1930s, and finally the hourglass silhouettes of the 1950s. Visitors saw the 1880 dress worn at the wedding of early Pasadena settlers Jennie Hollingsworth and Joshua Giddings. Other highlights included the 1901 gown of the niece of Governor Henry Harrison Markham and several intricately beaded knee-length wedding dresses favored in the 1920s. Formal portraits, engagement and wedding announcements, guest books, and other ephemera accompanied the gowns.