modest beginnings, the process of transforming a wooden stand into a costumed
mannequin begins at the Grange Estate under the hands of Lynn Symborski of Pottstown,
This is the first figure of what will be an exhibit of bridal gowns on display from May 16th through August 31 at the Grange Estate: "Shades of White; Historic Bridal Fashions from the Grange Collection".
the bridal gowns are predominantly white in color, Symborski is incorporating
black silhouette-type heads for dramatic contrast with the authentic bridal dresses
in the exhibit. With hairstyles fabricated of black netting, and fashioned to
co-ordinate with the gowns of several different time periods, they impart a feeling
of individual personalities and realism to the 'ladies' of the exhibit. Simplified
tulle, flower, and lace veils representative of each bride's historic era complete
Lynn Symborski has been enamored with historic costume since she was a student at Moore College of Art, where she studied illustration and design, and is currently a graphic artist using Macintosh computers. But, she says, her real love is historic clothing. With her husband John, she gives lecture-demonstrations on clothing of the Colonial and Victorian eras.
Knowledgeable on the styles of dress from the Renaissance to the 20th century, she recreates costumes for clients with many varied purposes and special occasions, from re-enactors to historic bridal and museum work in her business Williamsburg Rose. Recently she was asked to create a black silk "calash" bonnet from the 18th century for Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington's Virginia home, where it will be displayed in the mansion.
This summer, John, Lynn, and their associates of the Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble will enliven the Grange with entertainment and Fashion at the June 13th Open House. Tapestry will present a performance of Victorian dances, including a Lancer's Quadrille, a Waltz Cotillion and dances by the 19th century Philadelphia dancemaster Charles Durang.
A 19th Century Fashion Promenade will also be presented during the afternoon.
A few of Tapestry's Dancers at a Victorian Afternoon outing
For further information on historic costume, contact L. Symborski, at TapestryLJ@aol.com