Wedding Belles: Post Family Vintage Couture Bridal Fashion

Tucked among the lush grounds of the Hillwood Estate & Museum, hides a treasure chest of vintage inspiration for wedding enthusiasts and brides-to-be. Intricate lace work and luxurious furs are among the several bridal fashions on display for the museum’s “Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958” exhibit. Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress of the Postum Cereal Company, made her way down the aisle four times between 1905 and 1958, leaving behind a collection of gowns that reflect changes in the time and the woman. The Hollywood inspired gown of Marjorie’s third wedding, a trailing rose velvet fabric trimmed in white fox fur, is particularly stunning. The classic gown of Marjorie’s youngest daughter, actress Dina Merrill, also stands as a testament to the family’s passion for finery, fashion and artistry.

The exhibition provides other nuggets of knowledge about trends in wedding fashion; for instance, brides used to incorporate orange blossoms into their ensemble as a sign of fertility.

The Bridal exhibit is located in a smaller house on the grounds and can be viewed until January 1. Make sure to tour the mansion which has several wedding displays as well, including the dinning room and another gown inspired by the ever fashionable Marjorie, pictured below.

Hillwood Estate and Wedding Luncheon

Left: Hillwood Mansion Entrance; Right: Dining set as it was for Dina Merrill's wedding luncheon.

The mansion’s second story holds a few wedding treasures, one of which is this wedding gown from 1939. 

Wedding Dress from 1939

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