I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot

Part II: 1950 to the Present Day 

Alexander McQueen runway gown featuring sheer swan inset; photo by Aaron Gil, www.fotonuova.com

Alexander McQueen runway gown featuring sheer swan inset; photo by Aaron Gil, www.fotonuova.com

On view August 10 to November 3, 2013

William Cahill – Oleg Cassini – Galina – Holly Harp – Carolina Herrera – Jim Hjelm – Monique Lhuillier – Alexander McQueen – Camille DePedrini – Priscilla of Boston – Oscar de la Renta – Zandra Rhodes – Tadashi Shoji – Diana Venegas – Vera Wang

Wedding gowns by legendary designers moved into the spotlight in the exhibition I Do! I Do! Part II, the sequel to the Museum’s immensely popular survey of wedding fashions from the previous century. The gowns in Part II – borrowed from local residents, bridal shops, and designers – were chosen because they define specific styles and together create a chronology of wedding dress history decade by decade from 1950 to present day.

The sumptuous bridal creations on display included the first-ever wedding gown purchased at Bullock’s Pasadena, a William Cahill creation, and the gown of Carolyn Knight Weedman, daughter of the thirty-first governor of California, who was wed in the Governor’s Mansion. Local women, including Holly Davis, Jennifer DeVoll, Karen Hackett, and Ann-Marie Villicana shared photos and memories of their weddings. Personal stories, formal portraits, wedding announcements, and other ephemera, accompanied the over thirty gowns on view in the exhibition.