Leigh Ann Brown loves attire, however not simply any variety — wedding ceremony attire to be actual. She has over 300 of them.
“The older, the higher,” she mentioned. “That is what that is and finally I did not got down to accumulate wedding ceremony robes. I actually did not got down to have a present with them.”
They weren’t all hers.
“Imagine it or not, most of this assortment has been donated to me through the years,” she mentioned.
Together with her rising assortment and background in historical past, she put the robes on show and began sharing girls’s historical past by means of them.
“That is the rarest of the warfare brides,” she mentioned whereas displaying one of many robes. Each robe has a narrative.
“Proper on the finish of the warfare, he despatched dwelling his parachute and she or he was capable of make a gown out of the chute. I’ve 4 parachutes in my assortment,” Brown mentioned.
Her assortment dates again to the 1800s.
“That is my Civil Struggle ball robe,” she mentioned, displaying off a part of the gathering. “I exploit her within the present to speak about all the girls who’ve come earlier than us.”
Brown mentioned essentially the most rewarding a part of sharing this historical past is the response she will get from viewers.
“Each time I do that present, 10 girls stroll as much as me and go, ‘Oh my gosh, did not know that is what it was gonna be at present, I simply thought this was a trend present. It was a historical past lesson and past a historical past lesson, you did not simply inform the story of girls, you did not simply inform the story of that bride, you advised my story,'” she mentioned.
Each weekend, she packs up her van along with her robe and takes them wherever the subsequent present is.
“I prefer to journey up and down the Japanese Seaboard, primarily right here in Florida after all.”
She shares girls’s historical past in a manner she mentioned many have in all probability by no means seen earlier than.
You may observe Brown and her present by clicking Portrait of a Bride, an Evolving Silhouette and see the place you’ll be able to catch her reside in motion.