A glimpse into the life of the American Woman
As seen through a Bride’s eyes, Victorian Era to Present Day
Leigh Anne Brown, Presenter
“Portrait of a Bride, an Evolving Silhouette” is coming to First Pres on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This program focuses on the ever-evolving history of the modern American Woman, Victorian Era to Present (We’ve come a long way, Baby). It looks at a snapshot of each woman/decade on her wedding day as a specific time period and uses the gowns as the vehicle to discuss each era. The program consists of a display of 20-30 antique, vintage and contemporary wedding gowns presented on dress forms in sequential order. During the course of the program, substantial emphasis is given to the history of educational opportunities, social events, economic boom times and crises as well as the political changes that are surrounding each “modern” bride in her day. It is a program that celebrates the growth of the American Woman as she has evolved through the years. Along the way, we also look at the textiles and construction methods used as they are influenced by the times they were created in, with much information given about the gowns and/or the individual Brides during the show. This program has been presented to multiple groups across the State of Florida and has been well received over the last 15 years.
Leigh-Anne Brown is a pastor’s wife (Rev. Aaron Brown-Lead Pastor, Free Rider Fellowship/Plant City, FL) and mother of two teenagers. She is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over the last 25 years she has been a varsity cheerleading coach, media specialist, high school theater director and wedding coordinator. She is a life-long lover of vintage and antique clothing and a 20+ year collector of vintage wedding gowns. She currently has more than 150 gowns in her collection. Her program is called “Portrait of a Bride, an Evolving Silhouette” and will look at the last 150 years of American History seen through the eyes of each “modern bride.”
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