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Kleinfeld Bridal

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Historically significant wedding emporium featured on television

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Chelsea
Commercial, Shopping

Place Matters Profile

Written by Laura Sanburn

Kleinfeld Bridal is an emporium of wedding gowns and accessories. Not only historically significant, Kleinfeld represents an evolving relationship between brides and their wedding. Kleinfeld has the largest collection of wedding dresses in the country and has several exclusive labels, including Pnina Tornai and Alita Graham. It also is associated with TLC (formerly the acronym for The Learning Channel) television show, Say Yes to the Dress, with all New York City episodes staged at Kleinfeld’s.

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Store:

In 1652, the Dutch settled in the area of Bay Ridge and called it variously Yellow Hook or Yellow Ridge. At the turn of the nineteenth century, the area was a summer retreat for the wealthy, and by the 1940s, was a majority working and middle class neighborhood. Today, the neighborhood has a rich diversity of immigrants, with predominantly one and two-family homes with lawns and garages....

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Sources

Goodall, Sherri. Notes from the Mother of the Bride. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, 2007.

Jackson, Kenneth T, ed. “Kleinfeld Bridal Salon.” The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.

Mead, Rebecca. One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding. New York: Penguin, 2007.

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Ladies’ Mile Historic District.” Designation Report (2), 1989.

The New York Times. “NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: BAY RIDGE; The Runaway Bridal Shop.” Last modified June 5, 2005. Accessed April 30, 2013.

Rothstein, Ronald, Mara Urshel, and Todd Lyon. How to Buy Your Perfect Wedding Dress. New York: Fireside, 2002.

Field research by Laura Sanburn, Kleinfeld Bridal, March 19, 2013.   

Nominations

Laura Sanburn Nominated through Dr. Marta Gutmans Gender and Architecture class, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, 2013

Laura Sanburn graduated in 2013 with a Masters of Architecture from City College of New York. The topic was of particular interest to her as she was in the process of planning her own wedding. It was not until researching Kleinfeld Bridal and wedding planning expectations and culture, and seeing Say Yes to the Dress and related TV programming, that she realized the hysteria and dramatization of contemporary weddings.


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