Bridesmaids Revisited exhibition opens June 9 at Oakville Museum

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – for immediate release

Bridesmaids Revisited exhibition opens June 9 at Oakville Museum

Despite what a well-meaning bride might say, some bridesmaid dresses were only meant to be worn once. That’s the lesson many Oakville women have learned over the years as they’ve suffered and survived the fashion trends, triumphs and tragedies of their day. Isn’t it about time they had some revenge?

Bridesmaids Revisited, a new exhibition opening at the Oakville Museum, offers that revenge. This light-hearted collection features nearly 50 dresses, including some that are hideous, eccentric or even laughable along with those that are beautiful and some that even stand the test of time.

“While exploring bridesmaid fashion trends of the past, the Oakville Museum’s goal is to encourage the community to come together and share their stories,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “It’s a great way to experience the town’s unique history through an entertaining and educational exhibit.”

Although superficially fun, the exhibition includes a significant research component that investigates and examines bridesmaid traditions and customs over the years as well as the meaning and rationale behind their role. Featuring dresses from every era since 1940, the exhibition includes gowns from a variety of civil and religious ceremonies.

“Many Oakville women own bridesmaids dresses that they’ve spent months preparing to wear,” said Carolyn Cross, curator of collections at the Oakville Museum. “These dresses were then shoved to the back of their closets, never to be seen again once the big day was over. This exhibition gives Oakville women a chance to tell the story of their dress as well as reminisce about the glorious, and let’s be honest, sometimes heinous task of being a bridesmaid.”

Bridesmaids Revisited opens Saturday, June 9 at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and runs through May 12, 2013. Located at 8 Navy Street, the museum will be open from 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, starting June 9. Admission is always free. Extended summer hours, noon to 5 p.m., begin June 30 and continue through September 3.

Visit the Oakville Museum exhibits and collections web page for details.


For more information, contact:

Carolyn Cross
Curator of Collections, Oakville Museum
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 5020

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Bridesmaids Revisited exhibition opens June 9 at Oakville Museum