Dress of white satin. Bias-cut front; V-shaped neckline; and long, tight-fitting sleeves. Back of dress (collar to hem of train) is one entire panel. Very wide train created by large insertions of self-fabric at left and right sides of buttocks.
Worn by Mrs. Robert F. Carr, Jr. (neé Vesta Culbertson) to her first wedding on January 15, 1938. Since divorced, she is now Mrs. Charles H. Morse, Jr.
With the dawn of Hollywood's golden age, glamour started to influence wedding fashion, and the long sweeping satin trains worn by movie stars quickly became the fantasy of every bride. The way in which the fabric is cut for these gowns is called bias. By cutting fabric on the bias (the cross-grain), it stretches around the form. This cut gained popularity in the 1930s for its sleek, curvaceous look and remains fashionable today.