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Bridal exhibition to show historic and modern gowns

Bridal exhibition to show historic and modern gowns

Bridal exhibition to show historic and modern gowns
June 29
19:05 2014

Samantha McDonald / Staff Writer

In the fall of 1994, Janie Stidham walked into a Dallas vintage boutique in search of the perfect bridesmaid dress. Although she wasn’t able to find one, Stidham recalled seeing a white cotton organdy gown at the window on her way inside.

Still looking for her own wedding dress, the UNT professor and fashion design program coordinator decided to try on the classic 1950’s Bianchi gown. Surprisingly, it fit just right – bodice and all.

“I didn’t have to have one thing on it done,” Stidham said. “I took that as a sign.”

Stidham left the shop with the gown and wore it without any alterations on her wedding day that November at the Little Chapel in the Woods, paying homage to her mother as she could not wear hers.

Stidham’s dress, along with more than 40 others, was chosen to be featured in “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” from June 28 to Oct. 24 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton. Displaying traditional American wedding ensembles, the exhibition boasts gowns from 1840 to the present, including several dresses from renowned Dallas designers.

“While [the exhibition] spans a broad time period that includes designs from the past three centuries, the works are not being presented as an encyclopedic chronology,” said Myra Walker, director of the Texas Fashion Collection at UNT. “These selections reflect the emergence of a distinctive American style.”

Presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council and the TFC, “American Brides” is a show of traditions as well as a tribute to both historic and modern fashion. The collection took Walker more than 10 years to curate and spotlights details and handwork from lace bows to bead-embellished necklines.

While majority of the dresses were chosen from TFC, gowns from Texas’s very own designers Michael Faircloth, Winn Morton and Victor Costa were also added. More 19th century gowns were loaned by Steven Porterfield, owner of Cat’s Meow vintage store in Midland, Texas, and guest appraiser for “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS.

Creations UNT professor Marian O’Rourke-Kaplan and recent Master of Fine Art graduates from UNT’s fashion program will also have their works presented.

Feature Image: Janie Stidham’s wedding dress, made of white cotton organdy and embroidered with floral motifs, is one of more than 40 gowns featured in American Brides. The dresses are on display at the Patterson Appleton Center for the Visual Arts  located at 400 E. Hickory St. from June 28 to Oct 24. Photo by Samantha  McDonald – Staff Writer

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