Dress (a) of white net and lace. Bodice is embroidered net with a high lace collar and three-quarter sleeves. Skirt is comprised of bands of variously-embroidered net and lace, some done in floral patterns and others adorned with vertical or horizontal tucking. Center back closure with hooks and eyes. Floor-length skirt with slight train in back. Slip (b) of white silk. Neckline and armscyes edged with lace threaded with ribbon. Center front button closure. Flounce at hem trimmed with tucking and lace inserts.
Worn by donor's mother, Mrs. Nicholas Klesen (née Martha Scholz) for her wedding on June 18, 1910 at St. Nicholas Church, 113th Place and State Street, Chicago.
This delicate, easy-to-wear style was created by sewing numerous types of fabric and lace together, often called lace insertion. Due to the light weight of the material, these gowns were often worn in the warm months of the summer. Wedding gowns made completely of white or cream lace were popular starting in the late 1890s and remained in fashion until World War I.