The ‘Wrap your Wedding Dress’ workshop hosted 8 happy brides on a tropical rainy afternoon. This workshop was a fun side-event to the Dressed to Impress exhibition currently on at Cairns Museum.
With a fun slideshow of bride fashions from by-gone era’s (we ooohed- and – ahhhed over Grace Kelly, Audrey, Lady Di and giggled over some 80’s puff sleeves and hair and canary yellow 70’s numbers), we were then down to the business of looking at wedding gowns, fabrics and storing them safe and sound in our homes.
My own wedding gown, with a phenomenal 7 underskirts (what was I thinking as a tropical bride!) served as a good practice number on how to brush vacuum your dress yourself. Even after 6 years, that poor thing still has buckets of Green Island sand dropping out of it!
We then took turns in talking about our own gowns, fabrics, spots and mould and critters that seemed to love our gowns as much as us and what we could do about it.
Our great little group had a quick lesson in rolling paper sausage supports for creases, folds and pleats, scrunching and twisting paper hershey’s for padding out bust areas and how to best lay and fold those gorgeous bridal fabrics in storage.
After a sip of champagne and some strawberries on the verandah at Cairns Museum, our host venue for the arvo, we got to work – professionally packing two bridal gowns in an afternoon.
Everyone took home a short info sheet on how to package their own gowns at home, a small care pack consisting of Canson blotter paper and archival acid-free tissue.
This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the Cairns Regional Council and Queensland Government through the Regional Arts Development Fund Small Arts Grant Initiative, in conjunction with the generosity of Cairns Historical Society & Museum.
Thanks to the ladies of Cairns who shared their silk velvet, taffeta, lace, cotton and silk gowns on a rainy tropical afternoon – may your gowns live long and happy lives while they remain in your care!
The ‘Dressed to Impress’ exhibition is on now at Cairns Museum.