Wedding dress: yesterday, today & tomorrow

July 8, 2016 through October 2, 2016

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will provide a richly illustrated exhibition featuring over 50 wedding dress examples from cultures around the world, spanning the last 100 years. It will also include examples of today’s diverse wedding couture.  

The white wedding dress has dominated the Western imagination since it was popularized by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. But the color, style and ceremonial importance of wedding apparel has often varied according to time period, as well as cultural and religious traditions. In eastern cultures, for instance, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness.

Borrowing from: local cultural organizations, collectors, designers and History San Jose; this show will illuminate the evolution of the wedding dress, ethnic similarities and differences, and explore new questions raised by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Included in the collection will be a colorful 17’ Moroccan wedding belt, a dress worn by Josie Eldridge Crump in 1895 and a DIY dress designed around a bride’s tattoos. Traditions are clearly no longer limited to something borrowed and something blue. 

The exhibition is guest curated by Kate Eilertsen who says: “Whether it is a traditional kimono, red sari or satin Flapper era dress, the wedding dress reveals much about the traditions and history of communities around the world.”

Members Opening Reception July 10th 3-5pm

jazz impressions

July 8th, 2016 through August 21st, 2016

Visit the Porcella Gallery to see how one American classic interprets another, JAZZ and Quilts. Members of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association will display guilts and other fiber arts based on Jazz music. Selected items of the 45 that are displayed will be available for purchase. This exhibition is in perfect accompaniment with the San Jose Jazz 27th SummerFest August 12th through 14th.

                                              Members Opening Reception July 10th 3-5pm



Mike McNamara: Wedding Ring Explosion (hallway)

July 8th, 2016 through October 2, 2016

Over the past twenty years, Mike McNamara “Mac” has made twenty-one Double Wedding Ring quilts for his couple friends and family, gay and straight. Early on, he made his own version of these quilts. The first designs were started with two intersecting gold rings. Subsequent versions evolved into quilts with gold arcs and hints of rings. Long before gay marriage became the law of the land, his Double Wedding Rings quilts included gay friends and family members. Like the Wedding Dress clothing exhibit, Mac’s quilts look at how wedding quilt traditions have changed over the centuries and how 21st century quilt makers are celebrating today's marriages.