Cream Satin Wedding Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Cream Satin Wedding Dress

Date: 1925-1933

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

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2017001

Title

Cream Satin Wedding Dress

Description

Cream satin wedding dress with train. The dress has a dropped waist, full circle skirt, long fitted sleeves, and scoop neck. The train attaches to the shoulders with hooks and eyes and snaps. The train has the same cream satin fabric and layered ruffled netting underneath. The 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)

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

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

Cataloguer with Date

Rachel Wallace and Pamela Prior, 2017-01-10; Mahalia Hunter, 2020-09-18

Color Main

Dress Type

Closure

Neckline

Sleeve Length

Waistline

Skirt Type

Length

Costume Components

Chest

36

Waist

31

Hips

34

Center Front Length

46

Center Back Length

54.5

Hem Circumference

236

Underarm to Waist

12

Measurements Other

18 inches (inner sleeve)

All Measurements

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

Donor

Elizabeth Allen

Date Earliest

1925

Date Latest

1933

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Life Stages

Socio-Economic 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 Description

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

Donation Date

2017-01

Work Type

Citation

“Cream Satin Wedding Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed June 23, 2024, https://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/6206.