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Tying the Knot Exhibit Features 150 Years of Wedding Fashions

A walk through the doors of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland will be a walk down memory lane for the fans of wedding frocks who flock to Tying the Knot, a collection which showcases the romantic retro ceremony styles that have been worn for walks down the aisle over the past 150 years.

Among the array of bridal attire is the “I do” design donned by antiques expert Terry Kovel– former HGTV star and author of the annual price book Kovel’s Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide— for her 1950 garden nuptials to Ralph Kovel. “I was told that Marlene Dietrich’s daughter had the same dress in black,” Terry says of her vintage vision. “It was by a famous New York designer. The dress was one of the first designer dresses made of nylon.” (Introduced in 1939 for hosiery, the world’s first synthetic fabric was removed from the market at the start of WWII for use in wartime products, such as parachutes.)

Along with the array of bridal attire, viewers will also get a glimpse into the lives of the brides who wore the gowns through photographs and biographies.

Invitations, gift registries, cake toppers and even a cake box from Grover Cleveland’s wedding in 1886 will further embellish the exhibition’s wedding day theme, while dresses from trousseaus, undergarments and lingerie will offer an intimate peak at the honeymoon dreams of days gone by.

Tying the Knot, which highlights wedding fashion from 1830 – 1980, opened to the public on June 22nd, 2012 and will run through February 14, 2013. The Western Reserve Historical Society is located at 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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