Have you ever wondered what a typical Maltese bride would have worn on her special day a couple of centuries ago?

Wedding dress styles and fabrics have varied considerably over the years. Telecommunications, the advent of photography, the printing of fashion and needlecraft books, magazines and patterns, as well as the manufacture and production of various fabrics and haberdashery items, have all contributed to these changes.

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If this subject arouses your interest, Heritage Malta is inviting you to an enthralling half-day seminar on Saturday 22nd June at the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu, exploring the rich traditions and the evolving fashion of Maltese weddings.

Featuring a distinguished panel of speakers providing expert insight into the cultural, historical and social nuances of weddings in Malta, the seminar is being organised in conjunction with the exhibition The Maltese Bride: 19th-20th century bridal wear in Malta, running till the end of July at the Inquisitor’s Palace.

The exhibition features five wedding dresses from the national textiles collection. The gowns date back to the 19th and 20th century and one of them was donned for a second time by the original bride’s daughter. From a silk lamé handmade wedding dress sewn in the first half of the 19th century, to a 1979 creation complete with a hooded cape, these bridal outfits will have you thinking about them long after you leave the Inquisitor’s Palace.

The seminar starts at 08.30 and ends at 13:00. Every participant will receive a complimentary exhibition catalogue. Secure your spot now by clicking here or purchase your ticket at any Heritage Malta museum or site.

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