Wedding Dresses: Articles of Interest #12

A wedding was once seen as a start of young adulthood. Now, a wedding has come to represent a crowning achievement — a symbol that your whole life is together and you have accrued the time and space and resources to afford your ascent to another level of fulfillment. And there’s no greater symbol for this day, and all the pressure it brings, than a white dress.


Articles of Interest is a limited-run podcast series about fashion, housed inside the design and architecture podcast 99% Invisible. Launched in 2018, the show encourages people to rethink the way we look at what we wear and what it says about us.

This second season of Articles of Interest features six interlocking episodes examining luxury and our collectively held ideas of glamour across the United States, from Chicago to Canal Street. Think of it like a podcast concept album, with recurring themes and threads that examine the ways we signal success and authenticity in America.

Articles of Interest was written and performed by Avery Trufelman, who spoke with her mother as well as Vivian Le, Elizabeth Dye, Heidi Rabben of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, UCLA Professor Benjamin Karney and journalist Rebecca Mead for this episode. This season was edited by Chris Berube, scored by Rhae Royal and Sean Real with additional music by Jason Jia; fact-checked by Tom Colligan with additional checking by Graham Hacia; mix and tech production by Sharif Youssef with additional mixing by Katherine Rae Mondo; opening and closing songs by Sasami; photography by Austin Hobart and graphic design by Helen Tseng.

Special thanks to the whole 99pi team for support, insights, and edits, including Joe Rosenberg, Emmett FitzGerald, Lasha Madan, Kurt Kohlstedt, Delaney Hall, and Katie Mingle. And Roman Mars is the Best Man of this whole series.

  1. Brandon McCaffery

    THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, AVERY!!! You have been truly inspiring, thought provoking, and pure joy to listen to!!!


    Best wishes!!! Love ya!!!

  2. I’ve been listening to 99pi for years. Your voice has been a part of my life every week.
    Younger left a song impression.
    Good luck with your next move. I hope we’ll get to hear more of you.

  3. Quinn

    “Two Americans can’t legally get married in another country.” Uh-oh. My American wife and I were married just under thirty years ago, and nobody has ever questioned the legality of it. Our Danish marriage certificate is in Danish, German, and English. I suppose we’re common law by now though, right?

  4. Mims

    Ah Avery! You will be missed! I thoroughly enjoyed all your pieces and wish you the best of luck going forward. Fashioning a career path is never easy and taking the road less travelled rather than sticking with the comfortable option is challenging and courageous. May you be rewarded in ways both tangible and intangible.

    P.S. I sewed my wedding dress for under $100. The only way I could afford a custom gown with real dupioni silk. I just gave it away after 20 years hanging in the closest without looking at it once. Moving 800 miles will make a person jettison all sorts of things. I still have the man, and a lovely son. : )

  5. Alex Cartes

    Aw Avery, hope u read all these positive comments, wish u the best luck from the cold winter in Chile.

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