Last Sunday we visited an amazing exhibition held at the Benaki Museum in Athens, dedicated to the development of wedding gowns in the past 2 centuries in Greece.
The 80 gowns presented in this exhibition date from the end of the 19th century until the 21st century. The exhibition starts with the colorful traditional attire worn by brides in different regions of Greece in the late 19th century and continues to showcase the development of designs, fabrics and decorative details added to the dresses over the 20th century. Apart from the dresses, the exhibition showcases the change of the local traditions and rituals that were accompanying these gowns through time.
The wedding dresses include designs of every style as well as the development in the use of different fabrics like satin, tulle, lace, silk & wool. It was very interesting to learn that in Europe the white color on the wedding dress was established by Queen Victoria after her wedding, pushing aside gradually the traditional local attire worn by brides in the particular regions of their origin and replacing these with more elaborate designs, embroidery and the addition of intricate details.
The exhibition includes gowns of the famous international designer houses of Jean Dessès, Madame Grès, Yves Dooms, Etienne Brunel as well as renowned Greek designers like Oikos Tsouxlou, Oikos Tsopaneli, Mavropoulos & Nikos & Takis.
Definitely an exhibition worth seeing if you are in Athens, until the 6th of April 2014, at Benaki Museum, Odos Pireos 138.