Exhibition 2013

Postcard Image for "For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar" with text over an image of a 1950's bride outdoors in sunlight

For Better and For Worse:
Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar

The digital version of this exhibition is now online,  including photographs from the exhibition, three-dimensional rotating views of featured objects, personal photographs and stories shared by Vassar community members, a video slideshow of photographs with highlights from our oral history interviews, and the full length oral history interviews, with transcripts.


the opening was on Thursday, May 23, with a reception from 4-6pm

open from May 23 – June 9

  • May 23 – 25 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) 1-4pm
  • May 26 (Sunday) 12-3pm
  • May 30 – June 1  (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) 1-4pm
  • June 6 – 8 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) 11am-4pm
  • June 9 (Sunday) 11-2pm

as well as by appointment, by emailing costumeshop@vassar.edu

in the Palmer Gallery, College Center, Main Building, Vassar College


Join the Costume Collection for the opening of its new wedding exhibition on Thursday, May 23, from 4:00-6:00pm in the Palmer Gallery, Main Building. In 2007, Vassar received a donation of four wedding dresses from the same Vassar family—three generations of dresses. The upcoming exhibition includes these four dresses, plus a fifth dress on loan to represent the fourth generation, as well as other wedding wear and photographs collected over the years. Explore changing views of marriage over the last 160 years, including current views on marriage equality.

contact us with any questions . . .

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