‘Evanston Ties the Knot’ shows wedding fashions and customs


The Evanston History Center announces a new exhibit, “Evanston Ties the Knot,” an exhibit of wedding fashions  & customs from the 19th century to the present, at the Evanston History Center in the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood Street in Evanston.

The exhibit, which has just opened, runs through Jan. 3.

Featuring a dazzling display of wedding finery, all from EHC’s extensive costume collection, “Evanston Ties the Knot” showcases spectacular bridal gowns, along with garments and accessories worn by the various members of a wedding party, from the 19th century through the present. From engagements and showers, to ceremonies, receptions, and wedding trips, the exhibit explores a range of wedding-related topics and myriad customs that have surrounded “getting hitched.” With a special focus on Evanston weddings, the exhibit also provides a look at the historical evolution of bridal customs and fads, including the rise of the bridal shop, the first use of white for wedding dresses, and a lot more.

Due to the extensive nature of EHC’s wedding related clothing and accessories, the exhibit will evolve over time, with new items featured on a rotating basis. Visitors may just have to take more than one trip down the aisle of this exhibit! The exhibit is curated by Janet C. Messmer, Costume Curator, Evanston History Center.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Evanston Public Library.  Several wedding themed films will be shown at the Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, in conjunction with the exhibit, beginning with Director Vincente Minelli’s classic Father of the Bride (1950) starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, on April 18, 2015, 4:15 PM. Please check the Evanston History Center website, www.evanstonhistorycenter.org  or the Evanston Public Library website, www.epl.org, for a complete list of film screenings.

Exhibit Hours are Thursdays-Sundays, 1PM-4PM. Admission: $10, payable at the door. (EHC Members free). Exhibit sponsors and partners include: The Entertaining Company, Hall’s Rentals, Deerfields Bakery, Evanston Photographic Studios, and the Evanston Public Library.


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