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Updated: 02/28/2018 08:30:01AM

DAR sees wedding dresses of the decades

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A 21st century bride wore this wedding dress. Brown stated, "Today's bride is educated, activated, organized and inspired."

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This blue wedding dress from 1882 represented many dresses from that era. Blue dresses were the most common since blue represented fidelity and purity.

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A large crowd from the DAR gathered for the annual spring luncheon, which was organized by Polly Boyd. They ate lunch catered by the Chateau Elan and learned the history behind the vintage wedding dresses.

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This wedding dress from 1926 shows a radical departure in wedding attire. Women were wearing flapper dresses and seeking their right to vote during this time period.

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This 1940 dress shows a typical dress that would have been worn during WWII. Couples were married in record numbers before the men went off to war.

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Leigh Ann Brown, guest speaker at the Daughters of the American Revolution's spring luncheon, explained the history of women in the United States by using vintage wedding dresses.

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These wedding dresses are typical dresses from the 1980s until the early 2000s. Princess Diana had a major impact on wedding dress styles, and many dresses were modeled after hers.

BY MELISSA MAIN

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During their annual spring luncheon on Feb. 24 at the Chateau Elan, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) learned about each decade of American history starting with the 1860s until the present. Their guest speaker, Leigh Ann Brown, presented the history lesson by showing a beautiful vintage wedding gown that represented a typical gown worn by women during that decade. As she described the gown, she described the political and social events that occurred during that time period. She also discussed the changing roles of women since the Civil War.

Brown has collected hundreds of vintage wedding dresses, and she gathers the stories that correspond with each dress. As she pointed to the 1860s dress with the high bustle, she told the story of the Civil War bride. During this time period, women wore many layers of undergarments and corsets, confining their bodies. In addition, women were also confined to tightly-regulated social roles. They were not allowed to own land or speak in court without their husband’s consent. According to Brown, women were told, “If you have a brain, hide it. If you don’t, you’ll never be married.”

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