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Fairfield Musem Displays 250 Years Of Wedding Dresses

The Fairfield Museum and History Center will launch a new exhibit featuring wedding dresses from the last 250 years.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will launch a new exhibit featuring wedding dresses from the last 250 years. Photo Credit: fairfieldhistory.org

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Museum and History Center will open a new exhibition, "Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses," on Thursday, Feb. 19, and running through May 31.

The exhibit will features wedding gowns spanning several centuries — from 18th-century silk and military-inspired Civil War dresses to the ubiquitous white dress of today — and will show how the traditions of “the big day” have changed over time.

The exhibition will open to the public Feb. 19 at the Museum After Dark event from 6-8 p.m., which will feature a wine and cheese tasting sponsored by Fairfield Living magazine.

Fairfield fashion designer Jennifer Butler will be on hand to discuss her original designs, which draw inspiration from the past.

A highlight of the exhibit is a 200-year-old sky-blue silk and linen embroidered gown worn by Lucy Nichols of Stratford, who married the Rev. Philo Shelton in 1781.

The museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. Members of the museum and children are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org .

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