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Cream Satin Wedding Dress

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Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2017001

Title

Cream Satin Wedding Dress

Description

Cream satin wedding dress with train. Dress has dropped waist, full circle skirt, long fitted sleeves, and scoop neck. Train attaches to shoulders with hooks and eyes and snaps. Train has the same cream satin fabric and layered ruffled netting underneath. Dress and train are largely hand sewn, with machine sewing for larger seams.

Date

Created and worn in range 1925-1933

Subject

Clothing and Dress
1920s-1930s

Extent

Dress (a): 36" (chest), 31" (waist), 34" (hips), 46" (center front length), 54.5" (center back length), 236" (hem circumference), 12" (armpit to waist); Train (b): 100" (center back length), 34.5 (hem circumference)

Medium

silk/satin
natural fiber
nylon

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Made and worn in northeastern USA

Temporal Coverage

1920s-1930s

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

VC2017001

Cataloguer with Date

Rachel Wallace and Pamela Prior, 2017-01-10

Color Main

cream

Technique

handsewing
machine sewing
ruching
piping
pleating
ruffling

A

dress

B

train

C

satin fabric piece

Structure Silhouette

Drop waist
Slip (underneath)
Bias-cut

Structure Cut

Bias

Closure Type

Hooks and eyes
Snaps

Closure Placement

Sleeves
Shoulders
Left side seam of bodice

Structure Neckline

scoop

Structure Torso

waist pleats
side seams only

Structure Sleeves

long
fitted
elbow gathers

Structure Waist

Dropped
Pointed

Structure Skirt

Circle
Gathered

Structure Hem

ankle
train

Structure Lining

Bodice partially lined (with slip)

Dimensions Size

No label

Dimensions Chest

36"

Dimensions Waist

31"

Dimensions Hips

34"

Dimensions CF Length

46"

Dimensions CB Length

dress: 54.5"
train: 100"

Hem Circumference

dress: 236"
train: 34.5"

Underarm to Waist

12"

Dimensions Other

inner sleeve: 18"
outer sleeve: 25"
shoulder seam: 1.25"
skirt side seam: 28.7"
train width at top: 13"
spacing from edge to ruffles: 2.75"
height of one ruffle layer: 4"

Dimensions All

Dress (a): 36" (chest), 31" (waist), 34" (hips), 46" (center front length), 54.5" (center back length), 236" (hem circumference), 12" (armpit to waist); Train (b): 100" (center back length), 34.5 (hem circumference)

Label

pink dry cleaning tag: "4/4 9708" stapled to strap of slip
pink dry cleaning tag: "2/4 9708" stapled to top of train

Wearer

Rosalind Sturges née Howe '28

Donor

Elizabeth Allen

Date Earliest

1925

Date Latest

1933

Culture

United States

Gender

female

Category

wedding dress

Classification

costume

Age of Wearer

adult (21-26)

Socio-Economic Class

elite
upper middle class

Public Information

Rosalind Sturges née Howe (1907-1999) was a member of the Vassar Class of 1928. She was the daughter of Rhode Island architect Wallis E. Howe and Mary Locke. At Vassar, she was noted for her artistic ability, specifically in cartography featuring architectural highlights. Vassar commissioned a map from her immediately after her graduation, and her career later featured commissions for maps such as one of Wellesley College and, for Yankee Magazine's bicentennial issue, of New England's architectural heritage. Her papers and maps, the Rosalind Howe Sturges Allen Papers ca 1928-1999, now reside in the Vassar Special Collections Library. She married Rev. Philemon Sturges shortly after graduation. The couple had four children and lived in Philadelphia after shorter stints in Oregon and Massachusetts. This piece was worn by Rosalind in her wedding and donated by Elizabeth Allen, the wife of Rosalind's grandson.

Condition Term

good

Condition

Dress: some seams ripped at shoulders, some water stains on skirt, rust stains on sleeves (very small), missing closures at shoulders where train attaches
Train: rust stains around edges, brittle netting, water spots, 1" wide stain towards edge of satin side of train

Treatment

Treatment plan: restitch around neckline, restitch/enforce netting on the underside of the train, restitch slip straps to shoulder, refasten clasps, stain removal

Mannequin

Esther

Donation Date

2017-01
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