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On View August 10 through November 3, 2013

William Cahill - Oleg Cassini - Galina - Holly Harp - Carolina Herrera - Jim Hjelm - Monique Lhuillier - Alexander McQueen - Mr. Mort by Stan Herman - Camille DePedrini - Priscilla of Boston - Oscar de la Renta - Zandra Rhodes - Tadashi Shoji - Diana Venegas -

Vera Wang

Wedding gowns by legendary designers move into the spotlight in the exhibition I Do! I Do! Part II, the sequel to the Museum's immensely popular survey of wedding fashions from the previous century, which was presented earlier this year.  The gowns in Part II - borrowed from local residents, bridal shops, and designers - were chosen because they define specific styles and together create a chronology of wedding dress history decade by decade from 1950 to present day.  These styles, which have been largely determined by designers, may change through the years, but at the height of its popularity each dress represents a momentary standard of what a bride should look like.

The sumptuous bridal creations on display will include the first-ever wedding gown purchased at Bullock’s Pasadena, a William Cahill creation,and the gown of Carolyn Knight Weedman, daughter of the thirty-first governor of California, who was wed in the Governor’s Mansion. Local women, including Holly Davis, Jennifer DeVoll, Karen Hackett, andAnn-Marie Villicana will share photos and memories of their weddings. Personal stories, formal portraits, wedding announcements, and other ephemera, will accompany the over thirty gowns on view in the exhibition.

Image: Alexander McQueen runway gown featuring sheer swan inset; photo by Aaron Gil,

Featuring the Gowns of

Kelli Brimberry

Ann Dilhoefer Bussard

Julia Joyce Cahill

Elizabeth Cook

Roxanne Cook

Janet Curci

Holly Raymond Davis

Donna Starling Devine

Jennifer Fleming DeVoll

Lou Ann Huntoon Dien

Marcia Donald

Anne Bunnell Fleming

Harumi Ogawa Fujihara

Kay Ikeda Fujikawa

Karen Weston Hackett

Kaitlin McIntyre Hawk

Chiyeko Ogawa Hino

Mary Montiel Kasper

Sandra Dien Kelly

Nattie Nishizawa Koyama

Debbie Hower Lanni

Sarah Smith Lanni

Chiyomi Marumoto Ogawa

Hasie Miyamoto Ogawa

Marilyn Hubbard Roberts

Michelle McCauley-Shropshire

Julie Gerhart Stires

Ann-Marie Villicana

Carolyn Knight Weedman

Jane Campbell Wells



Wells Fargo

The French Hand Laundry
PMH Textile Arts Council

Oleg Cassini, Inc.

Smitten on Paper

A1 Party Rental

Huntington Catering

Ixora Floral Studio

Jeffrey Valet

LAMA College for Music Professionals

Trattoria Neapolis

Exhibit Hours & Admission

12:00 - 5:00 pm Wednesdays - Sundays

$7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members & Children under 12 Free.

Blue Star Museums: Pasadena Museum of History is proud to once again join the more than 1,800 museums across the nation offering free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families as part of the 2013 Blue Star Museums program. The offer runs from Memorial Day (May 27) through Labor Day (September 2) as a means of showing our appreciation for those who are serving this nation.

Exhibit Tour & Tea

12:15 pm Thursdays and Sundays

Tour: Special docent-led tour offers behind-the-gowns stories and exquisite details of the 30+ vintage dresses on display in our galleries.


Museum Members $10; Non-Members $15. Reservations and prepayment required. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 1.800.838.3006, ext. 1.

Tea (optional): Following the tour at approximately 1:30 pm, guests will make the short drive to Old Pasadena and reconvene to indulge in Afternoon Tea at charming Tea Rose Garden, 28 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena 91105. Parking validated for 1 ½ hrs at Schoolhouse structure across the street.


$25 including tax, payable at restaurant (20% of your restaurant bill will be donated to PMH’s educational programs).

Exhibition Advisors


Wendy Anderson

Lee Nestor Bigtree

Barbara Bishop

Oleg Cassini, Inc.

Regina Drucker

Suzanne Ehrmann

Ann Erdman

Shirley Jagels

Carol King

Linda Cahill Laugharn

Marguerite Marsh, Ph.D.

Susan McManigal

Pam Morgan

Peggy Nestor

Christine Reeder

Elizabeth Smalley, M.D.

Boyd Smith

Peg Stewart

Jim Watterson

Jonathan Weedman

Hanna Wood







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