2013 past exhibitions

I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot, Part II: 1950 to the Present Day

Alexander McQueen wedding gown

August 10 to November 3, 2013
Wedding gowns by legendary designers moved into the spotlight in the exhibition I Do! I Do! Part II, the sequel to the Museum’s immensely popular survey of wedding fashions from the previous century. The gowns in Part II – borrowed from local residents, bridal shops, and designers – were chosen because they define specific styles and together created a chronology of wedding dress history decade by decade from 1950 to present day.

I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot, Part I: 1850 to 1950

Sleeve detail from 1910 wedding dress

February 14 to July 14, 2013

I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot, Part I: 1850 to 1950 told the story of the wedding dress as a harbinger of social customs over these ten decades, through gowns in the Museum’s costume and textile collections. The exhibition featured forty-two bridal gowns and the wedding stories that accompany them, including formal portraits, engagement and wedding announcements, guest books, and other ephemera.


Images: Alexander McQueen runway gown featuring sheer swan inset; photo by Aaron Gil, www.fotonuova.com. Sleeve detail from Wedding dress, jacket, and slip. Cream linen and taffeta with crocheted lace, 1910 (90.19.42a-c).