Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns

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Cincinnati Art Museum, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 271 pages
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Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns explores the compelling allure of the white, single-use wedding dress for modern women and its iconic stature in Western cultures. Full-length colour plates and exquisite details of nearly 60 wedding gowns and dresses from the late 18th century to the present day, drawn from Cincinnati Art Museum’s internationally renowned permanent collection, are supplemented with loans from major designers. These include work by Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Yohji Yamamoto and Zac Posen.

Cynthia Amnéus examines the role of women within society, the institution of marriage and the evolving aesthetics of wedding gowns. Two further essays discuss the establishment of the bridal industry after World War II and the democratization of the white wedding gown for working class brides.

An interpretive entry is provided for each gown detailing construction techniques and fashionable characteristics, original bridal photos, comparative illustrations, and information about the designers.

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User Review  - MissJessie - LibraryThing

Beautiful catalogue of beautiful wedding gowns, showing the changes and development of the gowns through the past two centuries. A truly beautiful book with hundreds of color photographs and detailed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pancha - Goodreads

A gorgeous book with examples of American wedding dresses from the around 1770s century to the 2000s. Some of the images do show details, but most are just a front shot of the gown. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Cynthia Amneus is associate curator of costumes and textiles for the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Katherine Jellison is assistant professor of history at Memphis State University.

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