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Here come the gowns

Stephens displays wedding dresses
Sunday, October 19, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:10 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Donators and fashion enthusiasts came to Stephens College’s Davis Art Gallery on Saturday to see wedding gowns but not brides.

Volunteer models, educated about the era of the dress they wore, mingled among the viewers during the reception for the opening of the exhibit, “For Better, For Worse: The Dress, The Woman, The Life.”

Monica McMurry, curator of the Costume Research Library at Stephens College, was responsible for developing the wedding dress exhibit, which features gowns from the college’s costume collection along with donations. One of McMurry’s students, Courtney Nelson, helped organize the event.”We had a great response.” McMurry said, “Stephen’s new president, Dr. Wendy Libby, even donated her wedding dress.”

The exhibit began after four gowns from Stephen’s costume collection were chosen to be featured in the Costume Society of America’s 2004 Historical Fashions calendar, “The Wedding Dress.”

The exhibit can be viewed at Davis Art Gallery at Stephens College through Nov. 7. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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