and a silver sixpence in her shoe....
Across all social strata, brides in gorgeous wedding dresses are usually the ultimate object of admiration and envy at the ceremony. Once the joyous occasion passed, the bride will treasure, preserve or pass down her gown to be used and admired by future generations. Whether it is satin, silk, lace, organza or even velvet, no material was ever too beautiful to adorn a joyful bride.
A visit to the McCord Museum is a wonderful way to learn all about Canadian History and heritage. Until April12th 2015, the museum will be featuring a temporary narrative exhibition entitled Love in Fine Fashion that will display over thirty elegant wedding dresses and accessories from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, culled from the museum’s dazzling collection of 18,000 garments and accessories.
LOVE in Fine Fashion: an exhibition where every dress tells a unique story
The dresses presented in this elegant exhibition range from the ordinary to the extravagant and have the distinction of having witnessed true love stories told through 63 widely popular French and English sayings. These title expressions all have a catchy ring to them and further invite the viewer to pay close attention to details in the garments.
I was simply amazed with all the intricate lace and pearl ornamentation that were hand sewn into the material of some of the gowns to create a 3D effect.
Below right: An exquisite, hand sewn, beaded bodice, strapless gown created in 2008 by local design star Helmer :
The exhibition doesn’t only feature the standard white or cream colored classic gowns, but also dark blue and burgundy buttoned Victorian wedding dresses, cut off sleeve flapper style mini dresses and even a white polyester zipped coat dress worn by Marie Saint Pierre to wed her girlfriend, Kelly Rea.
“There’s a highly individual choice at play in every period: whether to choose a dress that is more the fashion of its time, or a dress that reflects tradition and enduring values, which is still typical of wedding fashion.” says Cynthia Cooper, the museum’s curator of costumes and textiles as well as the curator of the show.
The thirty pieces on display either belong to the museum or have been lent or donated by local celebrities and socialites such as Emily Jane Bonar Redpath or Sophie Desmarais of the dynastic Power Corp. Clan, alongside the home sewn dress of Russian immigrant Nina Larionoff and Bridget Delaney, the daughter of Irish immigrants.
Love in Fine Fashion runs until April 12.
The museum is open daily except Mondays and entry to the permanent exhibitions is free Wednesdays after 5:00pm.
A Date with the Girls package is also available for groups of four that include
- 4th free ticket to the exhibition
- 4 cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal Dom Pérignon Bar.
For more info on the museum and special exhibitions please visit : McCord Museum