Satin wedding dress, 1916. Perhaps influenced by designer Paul Poiret, this dress relies on draping rather than tailoring for its elegance, with the skirt fabric gathered in asymmetrical panels and puddling on the floor. The bodice is a masterpiece of Orientalism through metallic embroidery, as is the extraordinary train that hooks to the back shoulders. This gown was worn by the donor’s mother, Elizabeth Mary Branch Simons Chisolm, at her wedding on January 3, 1916.
Note: this week every day is Textile Tuesday in celebration of Charleston Fashion Week!
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. Occasionally we’ll throw in a shameless commerce link, but only if we think it’s a good opportunity for you to learn more. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday