You May Kiss the Bride
May 29, 2018 – August 19, 2018
If you cry at weddings, you’d better bring your hankie to ESSE Purse Museum’s newest offering, “You May Kiss the Bride.” The temporary exhibit, which features eight wedding dresses from 1900 through the 1980’s – and much more – opens Tuesday, May 29, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 19.
The wedding dresses and accouterments, photos, and other nuptial paraphernalia are sure to please, but, as ESSE is more than a fashion museum, you just might learn some fascinating facts and hysterical history about that most hallowed of traditions.
There will be a special reception on Saturday, June 9, with cake and champagne included in the price of regular admission.
ESSE Purse Museum & Store is located at 1510 Main St. in Little Rock. Call (501) 916-9022 for ticket information, questions about groups, or directions. ESSE is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
MAY 1, 2018 – MAY 20, 2018
“Cutting Edge,” a mod new exhibit, will tear through ESSE Purse Museum for three weeks, Tuesday, May 1, through Sunday, May 20. The exhibit features fun, chic paper dresses from the 1960s, clothes that could be hemmed and altered with a pair of scissors and repaired with a piece of tape. Mixed-media artist Laura Fanning’s Caution: Garment May Be Flammable collection of paper clothing – to be hung on the wall, not the body – makes up the rest of the exhibit. Fanning’s pieces are for sale; the vintage dresses are just a trip down memory lane, even though you’ll want one.
But you will have a chance to make your own paper “clothes or collages” if you choose to attend Fanning’s fun workshop Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost, which includes materials, is $30; 20 spots are available, so rip yourself away from what you’re doing and make a reservation right now. ESSE Purse Museum & Store is located at 1510 Main St. in Little Rock. Call (501) 916-9022 for information, directions or to reserve a workshop spot.