Ensemble of gray green wool gabardine. Jacket (a) is short, trimmed with soutache braid. Three-quarter length sleeves, no collar, with one painted porcelain button at center front and silk thread tassel. Vest (b) of silk brocade with center front button closure. Skirt (c), hobble-style, with one painted porcelain button at each hip. Ankle length.
Setting-out ensemble worn by Lucy McCormick Blair after her marriage on May 9th, 1914 to Howard Linn at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
Although most brides today do not wear setting-out or going-away ensembles, the trend remained popular well into the late 1960s. Brides spent much attention on how they presented themselves for the first time after becoming a Mrs. A setting out ensemble was often worn on the first day after the wedding, the day most couples went away for their honeymoon.