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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

May 30, 2017


Exhibit to Feature 200 Years of Wedding Garb

Exhibit Opening June 15th



AMHERST, NY – On Thursday, June 15, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (BNHV) will host its newest exhibit opening: Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Wedding Fashions, 1800 – 2000. The exhibit will feature bridal fashions spanning two hundred years. On view will be over 20 gowns and accessories from BNHV’s extensive bridal collection. Various gowns of note include an empire waist gown featuring silver brocade with green leaf detailing (1820), an alpaca silk beige gown complete with bustle, ruffles, apron and silk bonnet (1874), a court dress with chenille embroidery (1889), a Jackie O-inspired dress featuring ornate beadwork with full skirt and train (1962), and silk embroidered dresses dating to the 1920s.

“The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase not only the history of the wedding dress, but also the history of the Buffalo Niagara region. Many of the dresses were designed and made right here in Buffalo, according to fashions set in Paris, New York, and London. Others traveled thousands of miles to find a home in our collection. These dresses really do speak to the distinctiveness of the region while also demonstrating its integration among the world’s leading trendsetters. As the curators of Western New York’s largest textile collection, BNHV is in a unique position to offer this exciting new exhibit to the community,” explains Dr. Valerie Phillips, Assistant Curator.

BNHV is a private, 501-c (3) not-for-profit organization. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is an educational institution, chartered by the State of New York whose mission is to instill, educate and cultivate an informed appreciation of the American past and its impact on current lifestyles, culture and historical development of the Buffalo Niagara Region. BNHV’s mission is to preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara for the people of today and the community of tomorrow. http://bnhv.org/

Media Contact
Beth Roehling-Flynn
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
Phone: 716-689-1440
Email: curator@bnhv.org


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