Turn back the clock as you tour our exhibit of vintage gowns, ranging from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s and learn more about the customs and origins of popular traditions that have stood the test of time. Gowns ranging from white to black, two piece to one piece, high neckline to low neckline, bustles, trains and influences of war time. There is a gown for every pretty young bride. Throughout the exhibit many customs still in practice today or perhaps customs you were not aware of are shown, from language of flowers, best day to marry, courting cards, wedding basket and toasting traditions. Some to make us laugh and some help us understand just how far we have advanced.
The Victorian age has truly lasted the test of time and continues to carry on as we have fallen in love with the yester year fashions. Wedding gowns of the past were so extravagant with many layers of ruffles, lace, and accessories; you would feel like the queen herself. Since Queen Victoria’s wedding, white has remained the traditional color for wedding gowns. The Victorians considered the hourglass shape to best flatter the female form, and women were forced to wear restrictive corsets to achieve this ideal shape. It is difficult to consider how young ladies sat and ate with tightly bound waists and rib cages. The early Victorians (1850) wore gowns with fitted bodices, small waists, and full skirts falling over hoops, bustle cages and petticoats. The late Victorian (1890) bridal gowns (which were made of organdy, tulle, lace, silk, linen, even cashmere) saw the transformation from puffy leg of mutton sleeves to fitted sleeves, and eventually, to bell sleeves, and also from bustled skirts to slender form fitting gowns. Needless to say, however the styles changed, they were always big, bold, and beautiful.
We invite you to visit the Noble House Museum and see the gowns displayed throughout the 1875 Greek Revival Farmhouse built in 1875. A home cared for by the Gibraltar Historical Association and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A special place to visit with 10 rooms and proudly positioned on the most prevalent corner of Main Street. Consider this your invitation to the Wedding.
Museum hours 10 –3:00 Tuesdays-Sundays. Located at 4167 Main Street in Fish Creek. Small Admission required. Group Tours Welcome. Please call 920-868-2091 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook @ Gibraltar Historical Association.