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American straw and silk poke bonnet ca. 1865
Close up. Evening Gown. 1861. By Worth & Bobergh at Chicago History Museum, via Flickr
Evening Dress Charles Fredrick Worth, 1892 The Museum at FIT
While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late 19th century and was not commonplace until the 20th century. This dress is a good example of the more practical 19th century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings. The wedding dresses could then be worn again for other receptions and social events.