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1941 Acetate Wedding Dress

Description

Cream acetate crepe below knee dress. Garment originally blue (see zipper, shoulder pad covers and seam binding on hem) showing fume fading of rayon. Cream color unified throughout. Collarless V-neck; arc shaped seams on front bodice almost following curve of front shoulder pad to which lower bodice is gathered. Darts thrown into and eased into arc seam. Plain back bodice with darts going into neckline and back waist seams. Thick shoulder pads and short sleeves. Semi-fitted waistline and left side zipper opening. Shaped panel from waistline seam to high hip with cream/golden cast sequins covering panel. Panel lined with lightweight crepe. Short tie knot of self-fabric acetate crepe at center front of sequin panel. Soft, full skirt, utilizing bias at sides with additional gathers at center front.

Source

HCT.2000.1.6

Date

12/7/1941

Provenance

Mary Lou Otto wore this dress on the occasion of her marriage to Lieutenant John H. Kime on December 7, 1941. Mary Lou was born March 10, 1918 in Nebraska to Elizabeth Butler and Roy Otto. Her father, Roy, worked as a laborer and a salesman in a hardware store. At the time of her marriage, Mary Lou was teaching home economics at Connellsville High School in Pennsylvania. She had graduated from that High School, and from the School of Home Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown. John H. Kime was born June 11, 1916 in Moundsville, West Virginia. He graduated from the College of Mining Engineering of West Virginia University and had attended Greenbrier Military Academy. At the time of their marriage, John was already an officer in the Army and stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Their afternoon wedding took place at 2:00pm that infamous Sunday. It was only a half hour later that the major radio news networks interrupted regular programming, at 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time, to bring news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States' involvement in WWII. Mary Lou's dress is no longer the blue it once was due to the properties of the acetate fiber and the dyes used at the time of its manufacture. We can still see the original color of the blue dress in the rayon hem tape, cotton stitching thread and side zipper tape, and the lining covering her shoulder pads.

Design Elements

Shirt Sleeve

Fiber/Fabric Information

fiber content=Acetate

Decade

1940-1949

Color

Tan

Files

2000.1.6 F.jpg
2000.1.6 FL.jpg
2000.1.6 L.jpg
2000.1.6 LB.jpg
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2000.1.6 RB.jpg
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2000.1.6 Complete Ensemble.jpg
2000.1.6 Purse Detail.jpg
2000.1.6 Bodice Detail.jpg
2000.1.6 Waist Detail.jpg
2000.1.6 Zipper Detail.jpg
shoulder gather.jpg
shoulder pad.jpg
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waist gather.jpg
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Wedding Photo.jpg
Wedding Invitation.jpg
Engagement Announcement.jpg
Wedding Article.jpg

Collection

Citation

“1941 Acetate Wedding Dress,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed September 25, 2017, http://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/1902.

Item Relations

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