Brides through the ages

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum – a favorite destination and the subject of many a WAG story – is about to open for its 2017 season.

And the National Historic Landmark in Norwalk will do so in a style imbued with a decidedly romantic touch.

The season will get under way April 5 with a pair of wedding-themed exhibitions designed to appeal to a wide audience:

  • “Wedding Traditions and Fashion from the 1860s to the 1930s,” to run through Nov. 12, will feature a number of rare and never-before-seen wedding gowns and artifacts. Curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz, the exhibition will, press materials share, “feature lavish gowns modeled on Queen Victoria’s wedding and highlighted in nuptials of young American heiresses of Gilded Age fortunes, as well as simple dresses and artifacts of at-home ceremonies of immigrant brides who, once settled in the United States, desired to follow American customs and fashions.” An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 6.
  • “Right Angle Bliss,” a photography exhibition, will also open April 5, from noon to 4 p.m., and run through July 9. Its opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27. Here’s the preview shared by the museum: “From vows taken in magnificent settings, to cutting edge images that will redefine rituals and boundaries, this exhibition will feature six up-and-coming as well as award-winning photographers that highlight today’s diversity of cultures and customs in wedding ceremonies throughout the United States. Curated by LMMM Trustee and Art Committee Chair Gail-Ingis Claus, ‘Right Angle Bliss’ will capture the tenderness, whimsy, beauty and grit of the promised ‘I Do’ and visually redefine this time-honored tradition through the lenses of photographers Airen Miller, David Bravo, Stephanie Anestis, Sarah Grote, Kathy Harris and Karol Setlak.”

And, also of note, the mansion museum will open its new “Sunday Salon” series April 23. Lynne Zacek Bassett will speak on “Reigning Fashion: Victoria and the Queen, 1837 – 1901” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments and a tour of the first floor of the mansion are included.

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— Mary Shustack

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