"Walk down the aisle" on a special tour of the Museum through September, with an antique wedding costume in each room.
Every gown tells a love story. Frances Kellogg and Egbert Star Newbury's granddaughter, Mary Jane Manierre wore the white wedding gown in 1942 when she married Peter C. Foote. Their daughter, Suzanne, wore it when she married Christopher Hanks in 1962. Their photographs are on the reed organ behind the dress.
Queen Victoria introduced the idea of wearing a white gown to the world in 1840, but it's only been since World War II that white has become the favorite color for Western bridal gowns. Throughout history, blue has been the far more common choice, as the color blue represents faithfulness, purity, chastity and the Virgin Mary--all of those aspects that a young lady most wanted to espouse. Today we remember all of this with the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”