Expo of vintage wedding gowns

Eleanor Chase, who married Charles Taft, US President Taft’s youngest son, in 1917 (Darnell Collection).
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IF you’re a sucker for vintage fashion, get down to Hawkesbury Regional Gallery for Here Comes the Bride – a bridal exhibition featuring gowns from the Darnell Collection, as well as accessories and prize-winning wedding cakes.

Doris Darnell was a Quaker from Pennsylvania, who pursued her passion for fashion by collecting vintage clothes and accessories for over 70 years. For Ms Darnell, the social history behind the items was as important as the items themselves, and preserving them and their stories for future generations became an important part of her passion.

The Darnell Collection grew out of donations and gifts from her family’s wider circle of friends and acquaintances around the world. Most most of the items came with accompanying letters, photographs and stories which linked them to the original owners or donors and often to the occasions to which they were worn.

Blue Mountains resident, Charlotte Smith inherited the collection in 2004. It has continued to grow through further bequests to over 8000 pieces representing 32 different countries and is considered the largest private vintage clothing collection in Australia.

Joan Hegarty, 1961 (Hawkesbury Regional Museum Collection)

Gowns from the Darnell Collection, as well as from the Hawkesbury Regional Museum Collection, will form part of the exhibition, as well as a wall display of wedding photos from members of the Hawkesbury community.

Gallery director, Diana Robson, said: “We are very grateful to Charlotte Smith, owner and curator of the Darnell Collection, for making this wonderful show possible.”

“The wedding dress is arguably the most important dress a married woman ever wears, and what it says about the wearer and her times makes it the ultimate fashion statement.”

Here Comes the Bride will open at the Gallery in Windsor on Friday, February 10, and will run through to Sunday, March 26.

As part of the exhibition, the gallery will be hosting a high tea with Charlotte Smith, on Thursday, March 9. Bookings are essential – book online at hawkesburygallery.eventbrite南京夜网 or call 4560 4441.

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