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Camden County Historical Society

Marriage Gowns From 1840 to 1991

Photography by Hoag Levins ...| ...June 8, 2003

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CAMDEN, N.J. -- Sponsored by the Mary Cooper Gardeners, the May 28 to June 4 antique wedding garments exhibit in the Boyer Auditorium of the Camden County Historical Society featured 150 years of matrimonial garb. The show was one part of a larger Historic Wedding Tea event. Also see larger photo

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Laid out as a museum gallery with an air of Victorian elegance, the displays were rich in curiosities like the 1883 dark chocolate brown mourning-and-wedding gown (above, left) thought to have been worn by a widow who was remarrying within a year after the death of her first husband. In the foreground, above right, is a 1947 silk organza gown that ends in a frothy double-ruffled train. Also see larger photo

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Leg-of-mutton sleeves puffed at the shoulder (above, left) were the in-thing in 1890s wedding wear. Almost as jewel-like as its tiara is this 1943 creation (above, right) from the World War II years. Also see larger photo

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Worn by a Quaker bride in her 1901 wedding at Newton Friends Meeting in Camden, this cream-colored satin gown (above, left) has pinstripes of lace. Six pairs of vintage wedding shoes (above, right) were also on display. Also see larger photo

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Designed for a winter wedding, this 19th-century heavy silk gown is similar in weight to a coat, features a collar of extremely heavy lace. Also see larger photo

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