In the heart of downtown Calgary, Alta. the iconic Lougheed House celebrated their 125th anniversary with a special exhibit dedicated to wedding fashion history. The event, which was launched this past summer, lasted until Oct. 16 to display the history of weddings in Alberta.

The exhibit: Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion, was launched this past summer and was held until Oct. 16 to showcase the history of weddings in Alberta.

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Kirstin Evenden, executive director for Lougheed House, says, “one of the interesting things we have done with this exhibition is we’ve pulled collections from numerous museums and private collectors here and different parts of Alberta.”

The exhibit presented dresses from the Red Deer Museum and the Royal Alberta Museum, and other styles from across Alberta

Caroline Loewen, curator for Lougheed House, says the event was very successful and enjoyed by the public.

“We had a ton of positive feedback from the community. There were lots of interested people coming, checking out wedding dresses and commenting how their mother had a wedding dress like that or their grandma, or making connections to their own families which was great to see.”

Dresses and accessories spanned from the 1800’s all the way through to WWII and into the present with same sex weddings and cultural traditions.

Lougheed House is known for hosting many weddings and celebrations, which is why it became a perfect place to hold such a special exhibit.

“The historic site is really a place where we tell the story of the legacy of Alberta,” explains Evenden.

The exhibit has now closed, and although Lougheed House does not have plans for future wedding dress orientated exhibits, they may focus on more fashion events in the future.

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