Sophia the art mannikin is dressed again (5th time?) for her June wedding. This year she has yet another vintage wedding gown, late 70s or early 80s if I were to guess. I got it at a thrift shop as the tags were still on it: $10. Such a deal!
When Sophia finally leaves my house of mirth and madness (how many elders do you know who dress mannikins?), she says she will not marry again. Me, one of the larger cynics of happily-ever-after, is the one that magically holds on to the fairy tale wedding idea by dressing her each year.
Counting my own wedding dress, which she has worn once, she has five of the symbol of the virgin maiden dresses; next year will be a 60 year old one I'm saving for last. Yes, six times married will be quite enough for Sophia, she says. She wants to settle down permanently. The question I always ask myself is why do wedding dresses end up in thrift shops and garage sales? If I'm at a garage sale, I'll ask the seller and wow, sometimes I get some pretty angry accounts of why. At estate sales, it is usually grandma's gown and the family just doesn't collect like I do. What do you do with old wedding gowns? Bury them ceremonially like you would a flag?
If I were better at PhotoShop, I'd layer a potential groom in the photo, but I'm not. Nor am I sure who that groom would be if I had my druthers. It's easy to choose a sexy actor or even a character from fiction or film. But, since I long ago gave up the notion of remarrying, I'm curious who you would choose if you could pick a groom for her? Just curious. By the way, she says looks are not important and neither is wealth, although if he comes with humor, intellect, gentleness, compassion, curiosity, and belief in something greater than himself, it would be OK. She would also like to be loved unconditionally, but doesn't mind a lively exchange of ideas. She says if the right man (or woman) comes along, she will also commit herself until death (or sale to a high-end retail store) parts them.
Look at that high neck. My own wedding dress had a high neck but the beautiful fashions you see these days aren't afraid to show skin and décolletage. As often as not, they are form fitting. Because I do play around on Polyvore, I'm blown away by some of the gorgeous wedding dresses of today.
So, who do you think Sophia should marry this year?