Upcoming Biltmore exhibit to showcase wedding dresses and attire from major films, as well as family heirlooms

J. H. Osborne • Oct 28, 2015 at 8:17 AM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. —  Biltmore has been a location for weddings and romantic getaways since George and Edith Vanderbilt married in 1898.

To celebrate this history, the estate will host “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” a costume exhibition of wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures.

The exhibition opens in Biltmore House on Feb. 12, 2016, and will run through July 4, 2016.

Biltmore will share mementos from Vanderbilt and Cecil family weddings and special occasions in a new exhibit at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.

Displayed throughout Biltmore House, the award-winning film costumes will span styles representing 300 years of wedding fashions — from films set in the years 1645 to 1935.

The exhibition features 19 classic films, including the iconic Jane Austen romances of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

For each costume display, Biltmore’s renowned floral design team will create elaborate arrangements complementing each film’s era.

The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village with stories of Vanderbilt and Cecil Family weddings, along with the first-ever display of the wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan Cecil and her cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy.

Mrs. Cecil is married to William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt.

To recognize the artistry of costume design, renowned costumiers Cosprop, Ltd., London will recreate the wedding gown worn by Cornelia Vanderbilt in her marriage to John Cecil in 1924.

The gown will be on display.

Admission to “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will be included in the general admission ticket price.

For more information visit Biltmore.com.

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