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Exhibit features wedding fashions from 1800s to today

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  • A wedding dress from a 1993 wedding is displayed with a dress made in 1878 at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas. Wedding dresses from the 19th century to now are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the evolving styles of American brides with more than 40 wedding gowns worn over a span from 1844 to last year.

      A wedding dress from a 1993 wedding is displayed with a dress made in 1878 at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas. Wedding dresses from the 19th century to now are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the evolving styles of American brides with more than 40 wedding gowns worn over a span from 1844 to last year.
    Associated Press

  • A wedding dress made in 1844 is displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas.

      A wedding dress made in 1844 is displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas.
    Associated Press

  • Curator Myra Walker, left, discusses a 1993 wedding dress designed by Victor Costa that is displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas.

      Curator Myra Walker, left, discusses a 1993 wedding dress designed by Victor Costa that is displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition in Denton, Texas.
    Associated Press

  • Wedding dresses made in 1985, right, and 1994, in pink, are displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition.

      Wedding dresses made in 1985, right, and 1994, in pink, are displayed at the "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" exhibition.
    Associated Press

 
By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press

DENTON, Texas -- Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present day are featured in a new exhibit in Texas showcasing the changing styles of American brides.

That includes a 1900s dress featuring a lace choker collar, a beaded flapper dress from the 1920s and a 1980s satin confection with an explosion of organdy ruffles.

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More than 40 wedding gowns spanning from 1844 to last year are featured in the free exhibit that opened recently in the North Texas city of Denton. "American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity" runs through Oct. 24 at the Greater Denton Arts Council's Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts.

Most of the dresses are from the Texas Fashion Collection -- which includes more than 20,000 historic clothing items housed at the University of North Texas.

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