Brides at the Leventis Museum

Cyprus : Brides at the Leventis Museum

The much anticipated temporary exhibition titled “Brides at the Leventis Museum: tradition and fashion in Greece and Cyprus” steps into the cultural limelight on 30 November 2016 at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia.

Bridal gowns from the collection of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplion, Greece, join Cypriot wedding dresses from the collections of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, as well as several other private collections in Cyprus, to set the stage for a unique catwalk that is both an array of exhibits and a glimpse of history, scheduled to run until 23 April 2017.

The exhibition, organized by the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia in partnership with the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, presents a wealth of wedding dresses that trace the evolution of the garments from the late 19th century to 1974, in both Greece and Cyprus. The presentation follows the changes in wedding outfits through time, from commitment to tradition to the influences of international fashion. At the same time, it features similarities and differences between wedding dresses from the Greek area and those from Cyprus, two countries joined by a similar tradition, yet marked by different historical fates. The exhibition also distinguishes between wedding gowns from the city and the village, between wealthy and less privileged brides.

In the course of time, wedding dresses undergo various alterations that reflect the breaking with the tradition of using traditional garments as bridal gowns, and their harmonisation with international fashion. The exhibition also shows how the white wedding dress has been “imposed” across the entire Western world since the wedding of Queen Victoria of England.

The gowns on display present changes in the dress’s width, length and its very material, according to the fashion which, in turn, is influenced by royal weddings but also the movies.

Also featured between the folds of the wedding gowns are the consequences of historical events such as the economic and other adversities brought on by two world wars. The independence of Cyprus (1960) marks the last period presented at the exhibition. Within the overall optimistic mood of the period, the wedding dress follows closely the trends of the time in order to fulfil the bride’s dream for the most beautiful day in her life.

The span covered by the exhibition stops in 1974, when the centuries-long order of things of the indigenous population was ruptured, dramatically and irrevocably changing the socio-economic structures.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Ms Edme Leventis on Wednesday, 30 November 2017, at 19:30, at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, 15-17 Hippocrates str., Laiki Yeitonia, Nicosia.
A rich programme, including lectures, tours, educational activities and other events, will be announced in January 2017.

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30


On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
From: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Until: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Time: See Description


15-17 Hippocrates Street
Laiki Yitonia
Nicosia, Nicosia 1500, Cyprus
Phone: 22661475

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