(04/13/2023) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Textile & Costume Museum presents 'Til Trends Do Us Part: A Retrospective of Changing Fashion in Bridal Wear, a fascinating exhibition showcasing approximately 30 garments from the museum's collection.
The exhibit is held at the LSU Textile & Costume Museum Exhibition Gallery in the LSU Human Ecology Building on Tower and South Campus Drives from April 16 to August 31, 2023. The exhibit will be open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on the first Sundays of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The exhibition features collections of chronologically arranged wedding dresses that illustrate the evolution of bridal wear over two centuries of western fashion history. The garments demonstrate changes in silhouette, design detail and fabric that are distinctive to their respective periods.
Images of celebrity brides and Louisiana socialites add a nostalgic touch, allowing viewers to experience weddings throughout the decades. The exhibit is a valuable learning experience for anyone interested in fashion, history or culture.
The bridal wear collection is the final exhibit curated by Pamela Vinci, longtime curator of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum, who will retire at the end of May.
"I always have thought that the last exhibition I mounted in the museum would be one of wedding dresses because so many of them tell wonderful stories about life in Baton Rouge and Louisiana," Vinci said.
Visitors gain insight into the social and political events that have influenced popular culture and fashion over time, with etiquette advice further contextualizing changing trends.
"The museum's exhibitions are not just beautiful to look at as this one is, but are developed for visitors to learn from,” she said. “Educating our students and the public is our primary goal.”
For more information, visit https://lsu.edu/textilemuseum or call (225) 578-2448.
'Til Trends Do Us Part exhibit showcases bridal wear evolution over nearly 200 years. Featured are a wedding gown and negligée, crafted of silk, from an October 1947 wedding in Baton Rouge. That fabric was restricted for fashion use until the late 1940s, as it was needed to manufacture parachutes during World War II. Photo by Annabelle Lang/LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture