Dress (a), wedding-style, of off white synthetic satin with net, lace, and pearl trim, with rounded neckline, short sleeves, Empire waist, and A-line style; ankle length. Petticoat (b) with two layers of white nylon interleaved with a layer of white net; waistband elasticized in front; ankle length.
This dress and its accompanying bridesmaid dresses (1986.738.2-4) feature an Empire waist, a very popular style throughout the 1960s and early 1970s due to an interest in youth-culture. Women's fashion was heavily influenced by children's wear, such as a high waistline, bright colors, and short skirts. Fashion models with girlish figures were very popular. Additionally, the bright and unnatural color of the bridesmaid's dresses follows the fashion for bold, new colors and manmade fabrics.