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PHOTOS: Wedding dresses on display at Renville County Historical Society

The Renville County Historical Society wedding dress exhibit showcased bridal fashion from the 1880s to 2020.

Wedding dresses on display at the Renville County Fair Aug. 11, 2022
A trio of wedding dresses on display at the Renville County Fair on Aug. 11, 2022, show some of the variations in bridal fashion throughout the decades. The exhibit at the Renville County Historical Society in Morton showcased wedding dresses from the 1880s to 2020.
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A black wedding dress from the late 1800s, early 1900s.
This black dress is probably the oldest dress from the RCHS collection, dating back to the late 1800s, as photographed Aug. 11, 2022, at the Renville County Fair.
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Close up of a wedding veil
The details of a wedding veil — from a dress that was on display at the Renville County Historical Society, as photographed Aug. 11, 2022, at the Renville County Fair — include ribbons, lace and intricate beading.
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Wedding dress from the early 1900s.
This wedding dress from the early 1900s, as seen Aug. 11, 2022, at the Renville County Fair, is ivory in color and includes both ribbon and lace detailing along the waistline, bodice and cuffs.
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The Renville County Historical Society collected and displayed more than 150 years of bridal fashion in 2022. The dresses ranged from a black Victorian number from the 1880s to two dresses from 2020, illustrating how weddings were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The dresses were exhibited during the Renville County Fair in August.

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This quartest of Victorian-era wedding dresses were only a handful of dozens of dresses in the Renville County Historical Society's collection on display at the Renville County Fair on Aug. 11, 2022.
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Wedding dresses from different decades at the Renville County Fair Aug. 11, 2022
Wedding dresses from the Renville County Historical Society exhibit at the Renville County Fair on Aug. 11, 2022, showcase the variety in bridal fashion over 140 years.
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Abby getting wedding dresses ready for the Renville County Fair
Renville County Historical Society volunteer Abby gets wedding dresses ready for display at the Renville County Fair.
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A 2020 wedding dress
This dress from 2020 was worn by Shanda Lindahl to her September 2020 wedding to Jared Krause. The couple's original wedding was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. They ended up having two ceremonies — one in May and the other in September.
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Renville County Historical Society Executive Director Nicole Erzenga surrounded by wedding dresses
Renville County Historical Society Executive Director Nicole Erzenga is surrounded by wedding dresses at the museum in Morton on Aug. 3, 2022.
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A wedding dress from 1913
This wedding dress from 1913, worn by Mary Dworshak to her wedding with John Swoboda, was the dress that started the RCHS exhibit.
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Close up of a beaded and lace neckline from a wedding dress
This dress, photographed Aug. 3, 2022, had a beaded and lace neckline. The fashion in necklines of wedding dresses changed often through the years.
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A trio of wedding dresses
There are some similarities in wedding dresses that have stayed the same through the years, including the white color and the use of embroidered flowers, as seen in this trio of dresses photographed Aug. 3, 2022.
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A wedding veil covers the back of a wedding dress with flowers and a bow.
A wedding veil covers the back of a wedding dress with flowers and a bow.
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Close up of buttons running up the back of a wedding dress
Long lines of white buttons were common in wedding dresses from several fashion eras.
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Various wedding dresses hang at the Renville County Historical Society building at the Renville County Fairgrounds in Bird Island on August 11, 2022
The wedding dress exhibit from the Renville County Historical Society was displayed at the Renville County Fair from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12. Dresses were displayed on dress forms and hangers, and also hung from the ceiling.
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Close up of large bow on back of a wedding dress
A large bow decorates the back of a more recent wedding dress.
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Several wedding dresses from the Renville County Historical Society 2022 exhibit
While the shape and style of wedding dresses have changed over the decades, white remains the favored color for brides. Ivory and cream are also popular, but black has long since fallen out of style for most brides.
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Wedding dress with crown
This wedding dress not only has lace and a long veil, but also has a collar and crown-shaped head piece.
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Wedding veil with jewel and pearl tiara
In addition to wedding dresses, the RCHS exhibit also had wedding veils, flowers and hats from various weddings.
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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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