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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

1925-1933

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

36 inches (chest), 31 inches (waist), 34 inches (hips), 46 inches (center front length), 54.5 inches (center back length), 236 inches (hem circumference), 12 inches (underarm to waist). other measurements: 18 inches (inner sleeve)

Medium

natural fiber
nylon
satin
silk

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Northeastern United States

Temporal Coverage

1920s
1930s

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Rights Holder

© Vassar College Costume Collection. Images in this collection may be used for teaching, classroom presentation, and research purposes only. For other reuse, reproduction and publication of these images, contact costumeshop@vassar.edu.

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

VC2017001

Cataloguer with Date

Rachel Wallace and Pamela Prior, 2017-01-10

Color Main

cream

Technique

hand sewing
bias-cut
pleating

A

dress

B

train

C

satin fabric piece

Structure Silhouette

drop-waist

Structure Cut

Bias

Closure Type

hooks and eyes

Structure Neckline

scoop neck

Structure Torso

waist pleats
side seams only

Sleeve Length

long sleeve

Structure Waist

dropped

Structure Skirt

circle skirt

Structure Hem

ankle length

Structure Lining

Bodice partially lined (with slip)

Costume Component

lining

Dimensions Chest

36

Dimensions Waist

31

Dimensions Hips

34

Dimensions CF Length

46

Dimensions CB Length

54.5

Hem Circumference

236

Underarm to Waist

12

Dimensions Other

18 inches (inner sleeve)

Dimensions All

36 inches (chest), 31 inches (waist), 34 inches (hips), 46 inches (center front length), 54.5 inches (center back length), 236 inches (hem circumference), 12 inches (underarm to waist). other measurements: 18 inches (inner sleeve)

Label

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

Wearer

Rosalind Sturges née Howe '28

Donor

Elizabeth Allen

Date Earliest

1925

Date Latest

1933

Culture

American

Gender

womenswear

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Wedding

Function

wedding clothes

Age of Wearer

adulthood

Socio-Economic Class

upper 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

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

Repository

Vassar College Costume Collection, Drama Department, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Donation Date

2017-01

Work Type

dress
dress train
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