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Filson Friday - Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: Examining Wedding Dresses and Bridal Traditions

  • Fri, Jul 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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For many women throughout history, a wedding dress was the most important garment ever worn. Obtaining an heirloom status, these dresses have been passed down from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, grandmother to granddaughter for decades. But wedding dresses aren’t only sentimental objects—they are also valuable historical records. They reflect cultural and economic trends, technological innovations, and societal perceptions of femininity and beauty. This program will feature wedding dresses, ceremonial objects, and photographs from the Filson’s Museum and Photograph Collections. Through the lens of an Old English rhyme, we will study wedding dresses that are old, new, borrowed, and even blue! 

Brooks Vessels is the Museum Collections Assistant at the Filson Historical Society. She received her B.F.A from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, with concentrations in Printmaking and Fiber. Since 2018, Brooks has worked with Museum Curator Maureen Lane on the inventory, assessment, and preservation of the thousands of artifacts in the Filson’s Clothing and Textile Collection.

Date & Time

Fri, Jul 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Filson Historical Society
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region.