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JUN 28 – OCT 24 | American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity
June 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - October 24, 2014 @ 5:00 pm♦ Website: http://www.tfc.unt.edu/2526/
♦ Cost: Free
“American Brides” is an exhibit presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Texas Fashion Collection (TFC) at the University of North Texas. It features more than 40 wedding gowns, dresses, and ensembles that span from 1840 to the present and can be viewed in both the Meadows and Gough galleries at the Center for Visual Arts.
“American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” emphasizes the importance of bridal traditions that were handed down from the 19th century to the present day, such as the white wedding gown that was made popular by Queen Victoria. Visitors will gain an appreciation of the beautiful details and handwork in each gown represented in the exhibition.
The Texas Fashion Collection, which is part of the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design, is home to more than 20,000 examples of historic and modern fashion and accessories which are available for research and inspiration to students and the public. Most of the wedding gowns on display are drawn from the core of the TFC. These selections from the TFC also include several 19th century bridal gowns on loan from Steven Porterfield, who owns the Cat’s Meow vintage store in Midland, Texas.
Dallas designers Michael Faircloth and Winn Morton have dresses in the show, along with Houston designer, Victor Costa. The designs range from traditional, historic silhouettes to dresses from the 1960s and 1970s, when previously acceptable norms for bridal wear were tested. Creations UNT professors Marian O’Rourke Kaplan and Janie Stidham, along with custom designs by recent MFA graduates from the fashion program are included.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM