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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Fashion: 1888-Now

Kelsey Berteaux - October 04, 2014

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In recent years, sequins have made a bolder statement on the dresses of members of the Tabernacle Choir. And that made us wonder: what other fashion statements has the choir made through the years? You'll love what we found!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a certain look that we all know today--but it wasn't always that way. From the late 1800s when the Choir was founded up through the current day, see how the Choir has changed their wardrobe over the years. 


Fashion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1888

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The first version of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was a small group who sang at a conference in 1847, before photography was popularized. This picture shows an early version of the Choir--and their wardrobe, which appears to be the Sunday best of each member without an effort (and doubtless without the means) to coordinate styles. In particular, note how many members wear hats.

(Note: This image includes both men and women--the women are on the staircase and the right side of the porch.)

Photo from BYU Library. 


Fashion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1896

This image of the Choir in the Tabernacle at Temple Square shows again how little was standardized during these early years. Note the variety of dark and light tops, and also in particular the striped skirt of one member standing in the front row. 

Photo from BYUtv


Fashion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1901

In the early 1900s, little had changed for the Choir's fashion, even as worldly fashion trends did. The women still wear a variety of outfits fitting the era, though here we can see the men matching slightly more through wearing dark suits. 

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Fashion of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 1910s

The 1910s were the last decade to see the women of the Choir wearing unique clothing. 

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