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Wedding ensemble

Designer:
Mainbocher (American, 1890–1976)
Date:
1937
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, leather, straw, coq feathers
Dimensions:
(a) Length at CB: 58 1/4 in. (148 cm) (b) Length at CB: 19 in. (48.3 cm) (c) Waist: 25 in. (63.5 cm) (e, f) Length: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) (g) Length (around face): 13 in. (33 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the Duchess of Windsor, 1950
Accession Number:
C.I.50.110a–j
Not on view
Mainbocher, known for his sense of decorum, created a garment impeccably suited to the occasion. If his design seems conservative, as compared to the modern experiments of others in the 1930s, it was because he sought an unerring gentility. He held decoration to a minimum, favoring refined feminine forms (petal-shaped collar, shirring, small embroideries). Even the gloves were specifically designed to accommodate the wedding ring. While a defect in the stability of the dye has caused the dress to lose its "Wallis" blue, it retains the willful seemliness of a marriage in world view.
Marking: [label] (e, f) "Georgette / 22 Rue Cambon / Paris" ; (g) "Caroline Reboux / 9 Avenue Matignon"
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