Wedding Dress of Mary Lee Hartzell

Brief Item Record

Title: Wedding Dress of Mary Lee Hartzell

Creator: Henri Bendel

Date: 1954

Description: Dress of cream silk dupioni and Alençon lace; fit and flare silhouette; bodice and skirt made of cream silk dupioni with Alençon lace detailing at neckline and sleeves; short sleeves; v-neck; slightly pointed waistline, pleating around waistline; pleated skirt with train, floor-length in front; silk-covered buttons at center back from neckline to waist; dress label reads "Henri Bendel New York."

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2007022

Title

Wedding Dress of Mary Lee Hartzell

Description

Dress of cream silk dupioni and Alençon lace; fit and flare silhouette; bodice and skirt made of cream silk dupioni with Alençon lace detailing at neckline and sleeves; short sleeves; v-neck; slightly pointed waistline, pleating around waistline; pleated skirt with train, floor-length in front; silk-covered buttons at center back from neckline to waist; dress label reads "Henri Bendel New York."

Creator

Date

1954

Subject

Clothing and dress

Relation

VC2007023
VC2007020
VC2007021
For Better and For Worse

Extent

34 inches (chest), 24 inches (waist), 53 inches (center front length), 92 inches (center back length),

Medium

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

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

Is Referenced By

For Better and For Worse

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

Cataloguer with Date

Sophie Hirabayashi 1/25/2008; Alexandra Figler 2014-01-22

Color Main

Technique

Dress Type

Closure

Closure Placement

Neckline

Sleeve Length

Waistline

Skirt Type

Length

Chest

34

Waist

24

Center Front Length

53

Center Back Length

92

All Measurements

34 inches (chest), 24 inches (waist), 53 inches (center front length), 92 inches (center back length),

Label

"Henri Bendel / New York" on small label over a seam

Donor

Mary Lee Hartzell

Date Earliest

1954

Date Latest

1954

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Exhibitions

For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar (5/23-6/9/13)

Public Information

This wedding dress was donated by Mary Lee Hartzell, class of 1953. Mary Lee wore it in her 1954 wedding. The dress was donated along with her mother's wedding dress, her sister's wedding dress, and her daughter's wedding dress.

Condition Term

very good

Condition Description

slight discoloration on back right shoulder blade

Treatment

Several layers of petticoat were needed to support the fullness of the skirt, especially at the hips. Padding at the chest and new papier-mâché shoulders were added to the mannequin, which then got a new cover. A metal eye or thread loop was added where one was missing at the waist. Treatment was completed by Caroline Picher.

Mannequin

Celeste

Storage Location

N7

Work Type

Citation

Henri Bendel, “Wedding Dress of Mary Lee Hartzell,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed September 24, 2023, https://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/1186.

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