Dress of white satin. Cutouts at clavicle, shoulder, and V-shape at back. Heirloom lace trimming at shoulders and V-back. Satin-covered buttons at wrists. Natural waist accentuated with self-satin belt, which closes in back with a rhinestone and pearl buckle and three-tiered ruffle. Floor-length skirt. Long attached train.
Worn by the donor (née Louise de Marigny Dewey) at her wedding to Edward Byron Smith on May 23, 1934. The wedding was considered one of the most important events of the 1934 spring wedding season. Louise de Marigny Dewey was born on November 28, 1914 in Chicago and died January 31, 1989. Edward Byron Smith was born March 22, 1909 and died in chicago on June 27, 2002.
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 dresses is called bias. By cutting fabric on the bias (cross-grain), it stretches around the form. This cut gained popularity in the 1930s for its sleek, curvaceous look and remains fashionable today.