Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mauro Magliani
Bridal gown
Early 20th century
Silk and lace
Gift of Nurit Na'aman, Jerusalem
Accession number: B67.0396, B67.0397, B67.0398
The white dress worn by brides throughout the world is a sign of modernization. Such dresses have their origins in Europe and in the Christian church. In the early 19th century, as western influence became dominant, the image of the bride dressed in white as a symbol of purity spread around the world, replacing the multicolored bridal gowns of old that had previously set communities apart.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir