Wedding Belles

by Meredith McGovern, Art and Culture Collections Manager

Wedding season is upon us! As a guest, one of my favorite moments is waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle, wondering what her dress will look like. These days, brides are faced with so many options: strapless, one-shouldered, a-line, mermaid, white, ivory, princess, old Hollywood glam, retro, cathedral train, and tea-length; the list goes on! But what about brides of yesteryear? What look did they go for on their big day? Let’s sample a few wedding dresses from the Indiana State Museum collection to find out. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Are those dresses or elements of those dresses still in vogue? You bet! Count on seeing a full skirt, sweetheart neckline, bustle or tight waistline at a wedding this fall.