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Wedding Dress of Beulah May Christ Hummel

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Identifier

HH2013001

Title

Wedding Dress of Beulah May Christ Hummel

Description

Dress of cream silk with net and lace; bodice of cream cotton net with a draped overlay of lace; six small decorative rhinestones down center front of bodice; cream silk satin embellishment at center front above waist with two small rhinestone buckles; short sleeves with two tiers of lace; high, round neckline with thin silk satin piping; metal snaps at center back of bodice; silk satin sash around natural waist with one end hanging straight to about thigh length at center back; ankle length silk satin skirt with seamed silk satin wrap-style tunic overskirt; the tunic overskirt is hemmed with bugle beads, bugle beads also present on the tunic overskirt going from the waist to the hem following the edge of the wrapped material.

Date

1913

Subject

weddings
clothing and dress

Relation

For Better and For Worse

Extent

30 inches (chest); 28 inches (waist); 41 inches (hips); 50.75 inches (center back length); 49 inches (center front length)

Medium

silk
bugle beads
net
rhinestone buttons
small rhinestone buckles

Type

Physical Object
Dress

Spatial Coverage

Ravine, Pennsylvania, USA

Temporal Coverage

1910s

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

HH2013001

Cataloguer with Date

Ruby Pierce; Alexandra Figler, 1/13

Color Main

cream

Structure Silhouette

tunic

Structure Cut

straight

Closure Type

metal snaps

Closure Placement

center back bodice

Structure Neckline

high
round

Structure Torso

bloused

Structure Sleeves

short
layered

Structure Waist

natural

Structure Skirt

tunic

Structure Hem

ankle-length

Dimensions Chest

30''

Dimensions Waist

28''

Dimensions Hips

41''

Dimensions CF Length

49''

Dimensions CB Length

50.75''

Dimensions All

30 inches (chest); 28 inches (waist); 41 inches (hips); 50.75 inches (center back length); 49 inches (center front length)

Wearer

Beulah May Christ Hummel

Date Earliest

1913

Date Latest

1913

Culture

American

Gender

female

Category

Weddings

Exhibitions

For Better and For Worse, Spring 2013

Public Information

The dress was ordered from a catalogue. Miss Christ had little access to "fine shops" as she lived in a "Pennsylvania-Dutch" farming and coal-mining region.

On November 23, 1913, Beulah May Christ married Lyman Hummel in Ravine, Pennsylvania. Miss Christ was the grandmother of Holly Hummel, Vassar College Drama Department costume designer and faculty member emerita, and founder of the Vassar College Costume Collection.

Condition Term

very good

Condition

Pale stain on the lower right of tunic back, three small rust stains on upper right back. Wearing on lower left back, stains on bottom of left sleeve. Underarm stains, as well as on the bottom center front hem. One bugle bead missing from the upper skirt tunic area. Tuck on the right tunic panel, on the bottom.

Treatment

Mannequin was padded slightly in the bust. Dress was steamed, silk fabric of skirt stiffened slightly after steaming.

Mannequin

Esther

Repository

Collection of Holly Hummel
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