The bridal exhibition at Coffs Harbour Museum will feature dresses from 1884 to 1974.
The bridal exhibition at Coffs Harbour Museum will feature dresses from 1884 to 1974. Coffs Coast Advocate/Bruce Thomas

I have the dresses, will you marry me?

WEDDING dresses from 1884 to 1974 are on display at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum in 'Reader, I married him'.

The earliest of the 12 wedding dresses on display come from the Bayldon Collection of textiles donated to the museum by descendants of early settler Eliza Bayldon.

Also on display is the wedding dress made for the February 1974 wedding of Cheryl Dal Pozzo, who gifted the Bayldon gowns and fabrics to the museum and now volunteers at the museum helping to care for the collection.

Also helping to set up and look after the exhibition is volunteer April Van Bladel, who is studying the history of textiles and clothing.

The exhibition includes gowns of silk and satin, broderie anglaise, lace and tulle from the 1890s, 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s as well as several church windows.

Sadly, most of the original owners of the dresses are unknown, as are the dates and places of the weddings in which they placed a starring role.

Coffs Harbour Museum would love to hear from anyone who may recognise any of the dresses as those in a photograph of a relative or friend.

The exhibition will be on show at the Museum until March 28.



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