Project Dream Dress

Lasell College & Brides Across America Help Military Brides Find The Perfect Wedding Gown Through Project Dream Dress Give-Away

Military brides-to-be had the chance to find the wedding gown of their dreams, compliments of Lasell College and Brides Across America through their joint venture, Project Dream Dress. Brides-to-be, who registered in advance on, chose from more than 100 designer gowns at no cost to them at the Project Dream Dress event at the Atrium at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, located at 1010 Harrison Avenue in Boston.

Lasell College has contributed more than 100 couture gowns which were donated by an exclusive design house to the Lasell Fashion Collection, an archive for both historic and contemporary designs. Made from silk, satin, tulle, chiffon and organza, these one-of-a-kind gowns are valued from $1,000 to $8,000. During the Project Dream Dress event, Lasell fashion students served as stylists and offered free tailoring to the brides-to-be. Zoots provided dry cleaning services at no charge.

Brides Across America, a national charitable organization, worked to find women who are in the service, are engaged to a member of the military, are recent veterans (deployed within the last five years) or engaged to recent veterans who wished to participate in this wedding gown give-away. Newlyweds who were married in a civil ceremony and are planning a wedding were also eligible.

According to Lasell Arnow Professor and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection Jill Carey, Project Dream Dress is the brainchild of fashion students Maria Rogers, Chelsea Yeomans and Krista DeCarlo. "These gowns, many embellished with crystals, sequins, lace and appliqués, were given to Lasell Fashion Department to use at their discretion so that our students could learn about couture design and see, up close, the skill and artistry that go into these magnificent dresses. Lasell students wanted to share this significant donation with the community and developed Project Dream Dress as a way to give back and thank our troops for their service and sacrifice."

Fashion Collection at Lasell College

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Tessa LeRoux, Ph.DProfessor of Sociology; Director of Nancy Lawson Donahue ’49 Institute for Values and Public Life; Book Review Editor for Journal of Family Theory and ReviewTessa Leroux's main scholarly work is in the field of gender and family studies. She has published articles in the area of gender role socialization, teenage pregnancy and single parenthood, domestic work and migration, and family ideology.  

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