Dress (a), wedding-style, of off white silk gazar. Scoop neckline. Wrist-length sleeves with three-button closure. Empire waistline. Ankle-length skirt with demi-train. Cape (b) of off white silk gazar. Self-fabric tie closure at front collar. Ankle-length in front; train at back. Headdress (c) of off white silk gazar. Dome-shaped; covered with cascade of white mink tails. Headdress not shown.
Ensemble purchased from Marshall Field & Co. Worn with headdress (1986.566.1c). The dress was shown in the St. Luke's fashion show September 27, 1967. Wearer is anonymous.
World War II brought about many new advancements in textile production that eventually made their way into fashion. The material of this ensemble, silk gazar, became popular during the 1960s due to its crisp finish that held its shape without the need for cumbersome support garments. This haute couture wedding ensemble was originally purchased by Marshall Field & Co. to promote high fashion. After the season passed and the retail industry looked to the next trend, it was sold at Field's Import Sale, where it was purchased and worn in Chicago.