Friday, August 9, 2013

Wedding gown exhibit changes at Pasadena Museum of History

     Wedding gowns by legendary designers move into the spotlight in the exhibition I Do! I Do! Part II, 1950 to Present Day the sequel to the Museum's immensely popular survey of wedding fashions from the previous century, which was presented earlier this year.  Featured designers in Part II include William Cahill, Oleg Cassini, Galina, Holly Harp, Carolina Herrera, Jim Hjelm, Monique Lhuillier, Alexander McQueen, Mr.Mort by Stan Herman, Camille DePedrini, Priscilla of Boston, Oscar de la Renta, Zandra Rhodes, Tadashi Shoji, Diana Venegas, and Vera Wang.
Wells Fargo is presenting sponsor of I Do! I Do! Part II, with additional support from the French Hand Laundry and the PMH Textile Arts Council.
Hours & Tickets: 12:00 to 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays fromAugust 10 through November 3, 2013.  Admission is $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members & Children under 12 Free.
Address & Information: Pasadena Museum of History is at the corner of Walnut St. and Orange Grove Blvd. (470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103); free parking is available in the Museum lot (entrance on Walnut St.).  For additional information please visit or call 626.577.1660.
Something Borrowed…
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.  These styles, which have been largely determined by designers, may change through the years, but at the height of its popularity each dress represents a momentary standard of what a bride should look like.
The sumptuous bridal creations on display will include 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 will share photos and memories of their weddings. Personal stories, formal portraits, wedding announcements, and other ephemera will accompany the over thirty gowns on view in the exhibition. 
I Do! I Do! Tours & Tea
            Pasadena Museum of History will offer docent-led tours of the exhibition, along with an optional afternoon tea (offsite) during the run of I Do! I Do! Part II.
·         Exhibition Tours: 12:15 pm Thursdays and Sundays --Special docent-led tours offer behind-the-gowns stories and exquisite details of the 30+ vintage dresses on display in our galleries. Tickets:Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations and prepayment required. Purchase tickets online at  or by calling1.800.838.3006, ext. 1.
·         Tea (optional): Following the tour at approximately 1:30 pm, guests will make the short drive to Old Pasadena and reconvene to indulge in Afternoon Tea at charming Tea Rose Garden, 28 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91105. Parking validated for 1 ½ hrs at Schoolhouse structure across the street. Cost: $25 including tax, payable at restaurant (20% of your restaurant bill will be donated to PMH’s educational programs).
Please visit the PMH website,, for updated information on special programs that will be offered this fall in conjunction with the exhibition.

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