Here come the (historical) brides

February and Valentine’s Day always put that extra hint of romance in the air.

It seems the Fairfield Museum and History Center has also taken that romantic cue for its next exhibition, “Fashion & Fantasy: 250 Years of Wedding Dresses.”

Set to open Feb. 19 during its 6 to 8 p.m. “Museum After Dark” event, the show will look at how fashions and the traditions of “the big day” have changed over the years.

It’s a popular theme for exhibitions. Last year we told you about “Here Comes The Bride” at the New Castle Historical Society’s Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua.

In Fairfield, highlights are expected to be many, ranging from an 18th-century military-inspired gown popular after the Civil War to contemporary dresses of today, including a short style by James Coviello, the New York-based designer who grew up in Fairfield.

The show, which runs through May 31, will also explore wedding traditions through the years, from venues to cakes to gifts.

Consider yourself invited!

The Fairfield Museum and History Center, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 370 Beach Road, is a community cultural arts and education center established in 2007 by the 103-year old Fairfield Historical Society. For more, visit

– Mary Shustack

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