Dress (a), wedding-style, of off white silk satin. High neck with short attached collar. Self-fabric covered buttons from neck to waist. Long fitted sleeves with fabric-covered buttons at wrists. Floor length; very long, wide train extending from the dropped waist. Cap (b) of white satin covered with white net and trimmed with pearl beads. Cap not shown.
Worn by donor, née Katherine Woodruff, at her marriage to Marshall Field, Jr. The dress was designed by Antonio Cánova del Castillo who opened the Haute Couture Department of the Elizabeth Arden Salon in New York in 1945.
The way in which the fabric is cut for this gown 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.