Dress, wedding-style, of off white silk satin. Deep U-shaped neckline, filled in with off white chiffon yoke and bordered with pattern of wheat sheaves in rhinestone and black glass bead embroidery. Self-satin underlayer. Drop waist accented with attached satin belt embroidered with same wheat pattern, which ties at proper left hip. Cartridge pleating at both hips. Skirt falls below the knee.
Hanchen Strauss and Gardner H. Stern (b. ca. 1904), both native Chicagoans, were married on February 12, 1927. The dress was purchased from Blum's Vogue in Chicago.
This and another dress in the Museum's collection (X.1076a-b) were made and sold through Blum's Vogue, a downtown Chicago couture salon. Although the two dresses appear nearly identical, the variation in design and embellishment help illustrate the process of custom dressmaking. When each bride entered the Vogue in search of her dress, she would have had the opportunity to review ready-made samples displayed either on mannequins or real models. Once a design was selected, the bride had the opportunity to slightly alter her selection to match her needs and taste.