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.
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.