Cyprus Mail

Bridal dresses galore

By Emmelia Georgiou

Have you really not been to the Brides exhibition yet (or ‘Brides at the Leventis museum: Tradition and Fashion in Greece and Cyprus’, to give its full title)? Not to worry. Thankfully, the museum has extended its exhibition until July 9 in order to make it available to our summer visitors.

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Museum presents bridal gowns from the collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplion, Greece, exhibiting them side-by-side with Cypriot wedding dresses.

The much-discussed exhibition, which has stirred up great interest in terms of visitor turnout, is organised by Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia in collaboration with the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, to present an array of bridal dresses tracing the garment’s development from close adherence to tradition to international fashion trends. At the same time, it illustrates the similarities and dissimilarities between wedding dresses of Greece and Cyprus, two regions of similar traditions but distinct historical fates. It also examines the differences between wedding dresses worn in the city and in the villages, and between the gowns of a wealthy and a less-privileged bride.

Lectures and other events hosted in the framework of the exhibition have been met with great success, conjuring up memories of bridal gowns, the women who wore them, but also the women who created them.

Additionally, the exhibition has enabled the Leventis Museum to attract donations of wedding dresses and other items pertaining to wedding traditions and customs.

The independence of Cyprus (1960) marks the beginning of the last period presented at the exhibition. The span covered by the exhibition ends in 1974, around the time when life became modern and the centuries-long order of things began to change irrevocably.

The museum invites all those who have not yet visited the exhibition to do so during a walk in old Nicosia and journey into the magical world of long-ago fashion.

Brides at the Leventis Museum: Tradition and Fashion in Greece and Cyprus
Exhibition of wedding dresses. Until July 9. The Leventis Municipal Museum, 15-17 Hippocrates Street, Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia. Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4.30pm. Tel: 22-661475

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