Dress, wedding-style, of off white silk satin. High neck with wide neckline and fold-over Peter Pan collar. Off-white silk crepe at collarbone. Fitted bodice. Pleated sash. Voluminous wing-shaped elbow-length sleeves. Full, floor-length skirt; long train attached to back of neck and at skirt.
This wedding dress, worn by Theodora Shaw on June 29, 1935, was originally made in Chicago for the bride's mother, Frances Wells, when she married Howard Van Doren Shaw on April 20, 1893. Although the skirt and bodice are original, the bodice underwent many alterations to allow for a larger, uncorseted waist.