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Beige 1925 Wedding Dress with Lace

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Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2017002

Title

Beige 1925 Wedding Dress with Lace

Description

Beige satin wedding dress with tan lace trim, pearls, and accompanying bridal cap, bridal cap veil, and lace pieces. Straight chemise style over dress with under dress with fitted sleeves attached. Combination of handsewing and machine sewing.

Date

worn in 1925

Subject

Clothing and Dress

Extent

Dress (a): 33" (chest), 34" (waist), 38" (hips), 48.5" (center front length), 44" (center back length). 55.5" (hem circumference), 12.5" (armpit to waist)

Medium

satin
natural fiber
lace

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

made and worn in northeastern USA

Temporal Coverage

1920s

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

VC2017002

Cataloguer with Date

Rachel Wallace 2017-01-11

Color Main

beige

Color Secondary

tan

Technique

machine sewing
hand sewing
beading
lace making

A

dress

B

bridal cap

C

bridal cap train

D

string of pearls

Structure Silhouette

chemise

Structure Cut

straight for outer dress
bias for inner dress

Closure Type

snaps

Closure Placement

sleeve ends

Structure Neckline

scoop
Chelsea collar

Structure Torso

side seams

Structure Sleeves

fitted
elbow gathers
long

Structure Waist

no waistline

Structure Skirt

straight with slight A-line

Structure Hem

floor in front
ankle in back

Structure Lining

attached shift with sleeves (inner dress)

Dimensions Size

no label

Dimensions Chest

33"

Dimensions Waist

34"

Dimensions Hips

38"

Dimensions CF Length

48.5"

Dimensions CB Length

44"

Hem Circumference

55.5"

Underarm to Waist

12.5? no waistline

Dimensions Other

separate lace strips: length: 32.5"
cap train width at top: 24"
length of string of pearls: 61"
cap train length: 81"

Dimensions All

Dress (a): 33" (chest), 34" (waist), 38" (hips), 48.5" (center front length), 44" (center back length). 55.5" (hem circumference), 12.5" (armpit to waist)

Wearer

Virginia Fairfield Warren (née Allen)

Donor

Elizabeth Allen

Date Earliest

1921

Date Latest

1925

Culture

United States

Gender

female

Category

wedding dress

Classification

costume

Age of Wearer

adult

Socio-Economic Class

upper middle
elite

Public Information

Virginia Fairfield Warren was the daughter of Dean William M. Warren of Boston University. She and Edward E. Allen, Jr. (Harvard Class of '21) married in 1925. Donor was Virginia's granddaughter, Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth donated this dress along with her husband's grandmother's wedding dress, VC2017001, worn by Rosalind Howe Sturges '28.

Condition Term

very good

Condition

A few fraying seams under arms. Weak and messy netting sewn into neckline. A few small stains on front of dress. One tear in lace on front of skirt.

Treatment

Treatment plan: stain removal? resewing tears under arms, neckline - clip messy netting

Mannequin

size 6

Donation Date

2017-01
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