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Four Generations, Five Dresses

In 2007, our collection received a donation of four wedding dresses from the same family, representing three generations of Vassar alumnae, and for this exhibition we’ve also been loaned a dress from the fourth generation. They form the centerpiece of this exhibition, as this grouping inspired our interest in the subject of wedding wear. Why did these brides, all from the same family, choose such different styles? We found that the mix represents both the changes in fashion over time, and their personal choices.


“...that family history that was with me on my wedding day” - Anna Kichorowsky Langdell (Vassar class of 2006)


- by Arden Kirkland (Vassar class of 1993) and Emily Alice Goddard (Vassar class of 2015)