Dresses by Decade
unCommon Threads. Missouri History Museum.


Beyond the workmanship of silk and lace, a wedding gown tells the story of the woman who wore it and the time in which she lived. Based upon the exhibition unCommon Threads: Stories of Missouri Brides which ran at the Missouri History Museum in the summer of 2007, this website features 19th and 20th-century garments and photos, tales about brides, information about the wedding fashion industry in St. Louis, stories and memories from the general public, and many other treasures from the museumís vast collections. Come explore . . . and be sure to upload your own story!

Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Gleason with additional support from Missouri Historical Society Friends Board.




MHS Emerson CenterBook Your Wedding in Beautiful Forest Park

The Museum's Emerson Center can provide the perfect facility to meet your needs, whether it be the spacious Marcella Wiget MacDermott Grand Hall, Meriwether's Restaurant (offering a spectacular view of Forest Park), or the 332-seat Lee Auditorium or classrooms. Beautiful interiors and unique ambiance give gatherings that extra flair and create wonderful memories. Patty Long Catering is the exclusive caterer for Museum events. For more information on facilities rental, please contact Patty Long Catering at (314) 454-3154.


Visit Museum Exhibition Share Your Memories View Press Materials See traditional wedding gifts, accessories, and trousseau items. Dresses from 1800-1850 Dresses from 1800-1850 Dresses from 1850-1900 Dresses from 1850-1900 Dresses from 1900-1950 Dresses from 1900-1950 Dresses from 1950-2007 Dresses from 1950-2007