Saturday, September 28, 2013

Weaving Through the History of Wedding Dresses

The fun thing about doing a short film on the history and meaning of wedding dresses is that it allows for some creative official website content.

Rather than the usual dry bios, the Producers page for The Wedding Gown Project: One Day, One Dream, One Dress shares big-day photos and gives details for example about the two different wedding dresses worn by Kathleen Ricker. One was very expensive, while the other became a go-to prop for both her daughters.

Then there's the winner of an essay contest held in connection with the film. Christen Yates' composition is titled "The Perfect Wedding Dress: Sometimes Good Things Come in Trash Bags:"

My Nana loved thrift stores... On this particular day, celebrating the news of her first grandchild’s engagement, she was particularly excited about her gift: a wedding gown that cost her a whopping twenty-five dollars. As she pulled out the crumpled dress from the bag, I became mildly curious. It didn’t look that bad. I cautiously held it up. It was actually... kind of... nice. I ran upstairs to try it on. With utter disbelief, I found that this dress was well... perfect.

The nine-minute short screens today at the South Dakota Film Festival. It was directed by Donna Guthrie, author of nearly two dozen children's books and visiting professor at Colorado College. The short then moves back closer to home, to the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, for an October 3rd showing.

[The Wedding Gown Project]

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