Wedding dress

Mme O'Donovan

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In 1882, H. B. Ellwanger's book The Rose identified nearly a thousand varieties. However, nineteenthth-century Americans continued to love and cultivate rambling and climbing roses for their informal gardens, prizing their prolific flowering and freedom of growth. Thus, rambling roses in a twiggy pattern with their simpler, wilder bloom grow upward on this wedding dress, rather than cascading downward in the more customary pattern.

Wedding dress, Mme O'Donovan, silk, American

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