Wedding Dress Celebration Returns To Oaklands Mansion


Stories of our community will come to life through wedding gowns on display at Oaklands Mansion, where every dress tells a love story. Step back into time and experience the common threads that weave together the lives of women as we explore women’s history, fashion history, cultural history and the history of our community. Over fifty gowns will be placed on loan and exhibited, most for the first time. The “Wedding Dresses Through the Decades” exhibit in Maney Hall at Oaklands Mansion will take place from January 21 through March 5, 2017.

Vintage gowns from the past 100 years will be on display along with brides’ photos and stories from their wedding day. Featured this year is the 1967 gown of Barbara Mandrell, which was handmade by her mother, and the white naval uniform worn by her husband, Ken Dudney. In addition, Barbara’s 25th Anniversary renewal silver lace gown worn in 1992 will be on display. It was made by Emmy Awarding Winning American fashion designer, Bob Mackie. He was the costume designer for Carol Burnett on The Carol Burnett Show and its spinoff, Mama’s Family. During this exhibit, guests will have the rare opportunity to view items from not only the museum’s collection, but also elegant and fashionable wedding dresses worn by ladies from Murfreesboro and around the country.

“These treasured garments reveal stories and secrets of the past and have been stored for decades under beds and in the back of closets,” said Mary Beth Nevills, Education Director of Oaklands, “We look forward to sharing with you this year’s exhibit, full of new dresses from our community’s past.”

Witness the changes in fashion from different areas, eras and cultures as we transcend time to the modern day bride. The exhibit will be open daily, Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is $10.00 per person and is open to the public. Museum tours are available at regular rates during regular museum hours and combination tickets for the exhibition and house tours are available at a reduced rate. This exhibit is sponsored in part by the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University and the PNJW Clothing Collections of Alpharetta, Georgia. For more information, contact Mary Beth Nevills at Oaklands (615) 893-0022 or email [email protected]

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