Cayuga Museum of History and Art Fabrication: Telling Stories Through Clothing

They say to save the best till last, and in this case it is true. This exhibition was interesting and fun to see. Clothing really does tell a story and the Cayuga Museum did a phenomenal job with this exhibit.

Wedding Dresses – Early America brides wore their Sunday best dress when marrying. These dresses could be any color or style. Dresses in this era were expected to be re-worn. Here’s an example of one Cayuga County bride’s wedding dress in the 1800’s.

In the early 1900’s things began to change and color was introduced into the mix.

By the 1920’s..

While white bridal dresses with satin and lace are associated with Western culture this did not happen till Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840. White stains too easily as the information on the signage of this exhibit states. This change did not occur until post-industrial revolution. An evolution of the white wedding dress follows..

And what the groom wears – little change since the 1800’s.

The Exhibit also did a nice display of how dresses have changed since the 1920’s ..

Then the 1930’s with a longer skirt and higher waist.

Fast-forward to the 1960’s and 1970’s..

And some made in Auburn, N.Y. clothing..

What elegant fashion from Auburn, N.Y. in the mid-1900’s.

This concludes my visit to the Cayuga County Museum. Am looking forward to the opening of the Case Research Laboratory which is on the grounds of the Museum, however, not yet open for the year. Here we’ll learn the work of Theodore Case, the inventor of “talkies,” is exhibited.

Stay Tuned.

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