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Fashion Friday: We are feeling très chic these days thanks to #LegerinPhilly. And nothing says 1920s Paris like a daring dress in stunning colors. Enjoy the show!


Today is Ask A Curator day. We have contemporary art curators, and the foremost scholar of Grace Kelly’s fashion on deck to answer your questions. Tweet your questions using #AskACurator. More about the event here.

Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress and Accessories, 1956, Designed by Helen Rose


The first wedding favor, common among European aristocrats in the eighteenth century, probably was a bonbonnière (sweets box). Bonbonnière usually contained sugar cubes or delicate confections that symbolized wealth and royalty.

Bonbonnière (Sweets Box), c. 1765, England

Bonbonnière (Sweets Box), c. 1765, England

Fashion Friday: Celebrating Lanvin

Happy 125th anniversary to Lanvin. One of the first fashion houses in Paris, Lanvin remains highly regarded for its superbly crafted and richly ornamented garments. Wedding gowns were a specialty of the house’s founder, Jeanne Lanvin. This 1925 wedding gown was inspired by early fifteenth-century Italian fashions, including bridal headdresses found in the fifteenth-century artist Pisanello’s studies of Northern Italian women. Explore more of our Lanvin holdings here.

Wedding Ensemble: Dress, Slip, and Headpiece, 1925, by Jeanne Lanvin