Explore the evolution of wedding fashion in Croatia from the 19th century to the present day tracing the influences of contemporary European fashion trends.
The wedding dress collection
Wedding dresses in the Collection of Textile and Fashion Accessories of the Museum of Arts and Crafts derive from different periods from around 1865 to 2012. Most were donated by brides, former owners, several purchased, while designer wedding dresses were donated by their designers – Igor Galaš, Domagoj Štimac and Damir Begović (Twins), Vjeko Franetović and Nikica Ivančević from EnvyRoom. Places of origin are very different, but most often Vienna and Zagreb. The first wedding dress was purchased for the collection in 1943.
Apart from wedding dresses, other parts of wedding outfits are also in the collection – veils, wreaths, toques, shoes, handbags and gloves. Some of these items are parts of completely preserved wedding sets, while others are the only remaining part of the bride's wedding outfit. Their number, diversity and remarkable life stories of their owners were an incentive for the realization of a temporary exhibition “For Better or for Worse – Wedding Clothes From 1865 to Today” in 2015, the basis for the virtual exhibit.
1907 – 1908
A wedding dress with a typical S line was transformed into an evening gown by adding three semicircular appliques on the bust. One-piece dresses are true a novelity of the Art Nouveau period. Later in the period the S line was replaced by a flat narrow silhouette and high waistline.
Vienna, Austria (?)
velvet, atlas silk, embroidery, lace
The coat made of light blue wool, trimmed and decorated with blue velvet ribbons, and large white motifs of 'Boteh' relief made of lace and interconnected blue silk twisted rope. The coat was part of Leonija Pusić set, given to her as a parental gift for her wedding.
Designed by Žuži Jelinek
Designed by TWINS (Begović & Štimac)
artificial silk, sponge
Many designers do not make bridal collections but do design custom wedding dresses - such as Teo Perić, Robert Sever, Juraj Zigman, Igor Galaš, Atelier Boudoir or Twins. Dresses by Matija Vuica and Robert Pavlina became synonymous with wedding clothes.
Texts and concept based on a temporary exhitibition “For Better or for Worse – Wedding Clothes From 1865 to Today” (Zagreb, 2015) by
Andrea Klobučar, Author, Head of the Textile Collection
GCI exhibit curation/metadata preparation/import:
Special thanks to :
IT support/metadata import:
MUO Textile Restorers:
Antonina Srša, Iva Čukman
Srećko Budek, Vedran Benović