Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
“Tying the Knot,” an exhibit of wedding gowns in the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society, opens tomorrow, June 22. Among the dresses is the nylon net gown worn by author and antiques expert Terry Kovel at her June 1950 garden wedding to Ralph Kovel. It is displayed with Terry’s formal wedding photograph.
“I was told that Marlene Dietrich’s daughter had the same dress in black,” Terry says. “It was by a famous New York designer. The dress was one of the first designer dresses made of nylon.”
Kovel explains that nylon, the world’s first synthetic fabric, was introduced in 1939 for hosiery, but was quickly removed from the market to be used for wartime products like parachutes. The wrinkle-free fabric was not available again to the public until after World War II.
A dress representing each decade from 1830 to 1980 is displayed at the exhibit. Dresses are accompanied by photographs and biographies of the brides wearing the dresses.
Visitors will also see lingerie, undergarments and dresses from the trousseaus that women traditionally brought into a marriage, as well as historical items like invitations, gift registries, shoes, hats, jewelry, cake toppers, and a cake box from Grover Cleveland’s wedding in 1886.
The exhibit runs through Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2013. The Western Reserve Historical Society is located at 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
About Terry Kovel:
Terry Kovel has written over 100 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, “Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide.” The 2012 guide is in bookstores now. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in more than 150 newspapers and digital publications. She and her late husband Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, “Flea Market Finds with the Kovels.” The Kovels website, Kovels.com, now offers more than 866,000 free prices and other information for collectors, including books, special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of other informative material.