Displaying Vintage Clothing

Vintage Linen and My Wedding Gown

Vintage Linen and My Wedding Gown

A lovely addition to your romantic interior may be stored in your own closet.  The “vintage” wedding gown on the right, above, is my own.  It was cleaned and sealed after our wedding in a long box that we toted from house to house, nearly forgotten.  Why not bring it out where I could enjoy it?  Although not yet an antique, our forty years of marriage does lend charm to my retro-victorian 1972 gown.  Displayed with other antique linens on a weathered shutter screen, the display is a favorite topic of conversation in our rose guest room.

Finding a sturdy dress form is ideal to display your gown and help preserve it. Position it out of direct light to prevent fading, but I believe the gown is better for fresh air rather than a sealed plastic box.  This way it is a fond reminder of our wedding day every time I look at it and touch the elaborate lace borders.

1900 Day Dress

Antique linen is also displayed in the sitting room.  The cotton lawn day dress, above, looks like a wedding gown because of the intricate panels of lace but was the type of dress commonly worn for afternoon tea or summer socializing.  Although it looks light, once the camisole and heavy cotton underskirt are added, it would be a much warmer and discreet ensemble.  Note the cotton underskirt in the photo above hanging on the screen to the left.

On the right of the day dress in the second picture is the hem of an elaborately tatted hostess apron.  I would not have the heart to wear this confection for cooking.  I dearly want it to remain in its pristine condition.  The linens are on fond display, for no other reason than to enjoy handmade beauty and add vintage charm to my cottage interiors.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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