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Object Name Gown, Wedding
Alternate Name Wedding Dress
Date 1951
Description Woman's 2-piece wedding gown with cap and mitts. Made of white embroidered cotton organdy and acetate or polyester satin. Overdress of white embroidered Swiss organdy has bodice with V-neckline and cap sleeves, and a floor length skirt that is gathered to yoke detail at sides and back, with open front to reveal underdress. Satin underdress is strapless and floor length, with side zipper closure. Pair of mitts in matching cotton organdy. Cap of gathered matching organdy with satin ribbon ties and attached veil of nylon tulle (veil is a replacement). Gown was designed and made by the original wearer, Mable Murray Cuthbert MacDonald.
(Keywords: Fashion, Richmond Town, Twentieth Century, Accessory, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mable MacDonald
Ownership and History Worn by Mable Murray Cuthbert (ca. 1921-2007) on the occasion of her marriage to Angus MacDonald, June 30, 1951, at St. Andrew's Protestant Episcopal Church, Richmond (Richmondtown), Staten Island. The design was intended to give the appearance of the small waist fashionable at the time.

Mrs. MacDonald grew up in Richmond, Staten Island, and graduated from New Dorp High School in 1939. She continued her studies at the Commercial Art Career School and Fashion Academy in Manhattan. Mrs. MacDonald worked for the Staten Island Historical Society from 1969-1989. As Curator of Costumes, she organized a 1985 exhibit, "The Fashionable Bride," which included this gown. Mrs. MacDonald also volunteered with the American Red Cross, served as President of Soroptimist International of Staten Island, and was honored in 1991 as a Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement.
Earliest Date 1951
Latest Date 1951
Maker Mable MacDonald
Subjects Wedding costume
Episcopal churches
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People MacDonald, Mable (Cuthbert)
Catalog Number 85.006.0001.A-D
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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