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White did not become the traditional color for a woman to wear on her wedding day until the 20th century. Brides wore many different colors. A woman did not expect to use her wedding gown only once; damask and other fine textiles were too costly to invest in a one-event garment. Diadema Morgan (1764-1788) wore this blue wool gown at her wedding to Phineas Field of Northfield in 1785. The petticoat and kerchief are modern.


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Wedding gown

creator   Unidentified
date   1785
location   Northfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   wool damask
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Outerwear
accession #   #1874.23.02

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