Katherine’s first major wedding exhibition is showcasing dresses from over 90 years, with the oldest dating back to 1924.
The Katherine Museum exhibition, Our Town’s Wedding Gowns, tells the stories of 36 weddings, through various gowns, fabrics and fashions.
“There are a lot of women who retrieved their dress from the flood. Many were just black and almost ruined,” Katherine Museum exhibition curator Simmone Croft said.
“We wanted to show the community these personal stories.
“As you come in you can see the fashion of the era, the fabric and everything special about their day,” she said.
The exhibition officially opened last night, attracting more than 250 people eager to view the collection first.
“It was a very emotional night, these women have put a lot of trust into us in keeping their wedding dress safe,” Ms Croft said.
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Ms Croft who has been working on the exhibition for the past 18 months said she was honoured to have included two wedding dresses from the Giles family collection.
The Giles family history is closely linked to Katherine’s history through Alfred Giles who built Springvale Homestead in 1879.
“Last night it was brought to my attention we were documenting six generations of Giles family weddings in this one room,” Ms Croft said.
The free exhibition – open everyday from 10am to 4pm – is running until next Wednesday.
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