Pret Reporteur. Tying The Knot

November 3, 2010 • Fashion


The Evolution of Bridal Wear From The 1800s To Now

Amanda Aldinger for Second City Style Magazine

Bridal fashion isn’t something I’ve ever thought too deeply about. I never planned my wedding as a child, and even as an adult, I’m not harboring any deep-rooted desire for the typical “fairytale princess” wedding experience. In fact, I find the whole idea of packaging up a woman in french tips, an up-do, an oversize dress that can never be worn again and an entourage of similarly dressed bridesmaids — an element of weddings that is seemingly predestined for tackiness — not my taste at all.

Currently on exhibition at the Chicago History Museum is “I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot,” a show which chronicles the evolution of wedding fashion from the 1800s to today, in a collection of forty-five dresses, accessories, shoes, corsets and menswear. I recently attended the show, and was surprised at how much I was engaged by the rich history of the pieces, and how markedly bridal culture has shifted from then to now.

Read more "Tying The Knot" here.


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