Satin wedding dress with matching jacket, 1938. Worn by the donor’s mother, Winton Chandler of Greenville for her marriage to James N. Sellers of Charleston in 1938, the simple dress is enhanced by wide cap sleeves and shirring at the waist. The long-sleeved jacket has twenty-one covered buttons and loops.

2000.36.2 The Charleston Museum

Ivory satin dress, 1921, with silk embroidered vine and tiny faux pearl “grapes.” The scalloped apron of embroidered netting is attached with satin bows. Portions of the bridal headpiece bear wax flower buds and faux pearls. The skirt is short, reflecting the style during the 1920s. This dress was worn by the donor’s mother, Annie Kangeter (1896-1990) who married Dr. Charles D. Boette, April 14, 1921 at her home in Charleston. Annie’s sister, Mamie Pfaehler made the dress.

2005.37 The Charleston Museum

White satin dress, 1914. Brussels lace trims the neckline along with clusters of pearls, glass beads and brilliants. The silk net veil is gathered to a band with wreath of wax orange blossoms. Silk stockings, kid gloves and satin pumps accompany the dress. The ensemble was worn by Wilhelmine Dorothea Meyer (b. 1888) for her marriage to Adolf Gevert Hollings in 1914. She was the mother of Senator Fritz Hollings of Charleston. Please be sure to scroll through the photo set as we fortunate enough to have Mrs. Hollings’ bridal portrait, shoes and orange blossom spray. 1986.53 The Charleston Museum

For more about the tradition of orange blossoms (and Queen Victoria’s contribution to the fad), check out this video with The Charleston Museum’s curator of textiles.

Blue wool wedding suit, 1910. This tailored suit bears a label from Louis Cohen & Co., Charleston, S.C. and was worn by the donor’s grandmother, Alma Grace Van Keuren (1891-1984) when she married Louis Johnson Stackley on August 17, 1910 in Kingstree, SC. They had a morning wedding and then caught the train to Baltimore for their honeymoon. Louis Cohen is listed as a Dry Goods & Department Store on King Street from 1880 – 1924 in the City Directories.
2005.60.1  The Charleston Museum

Blue wool wedding suit, 1910. This tailored suit bears a label from Louis Cohen & Co., Charleston, S.C. and was worn by the donor’s grandmother, Alma Grace Van Keuren (1891-1984) when she married Louis Johnson Stackley on August 17, 1910 in Kingstree, SC. They had a morning wedding and then caught the train to Baltimore for their honeymoon. Louis Cohen is listed as a Dry Goods & Department Store on King Street from 1880 – 1924 in the City Directories.

2005.60.1  The Charleston Museum

Cream satin dress, 1891. The bodice is trimmed with beads and pearls, the skirt has a gathered ribbon with satin bows. Miss Lily Cheney wore this lovely dress when she married William Wallace Moore on December 20, 1891. 

HT 882 The Charleston Museum 

Plum silk taffeta two-piece dress, 1883. This stylish outfit has a second bodice, with plaid velvet lapels and cuffs, a feature that would extend the usefulness of this dress. It was worn by Mrs. James F. Condon for her marriage on April 27, 1883.

HT 4378  The Charleston Museum

Starched organdy dress, 1865. Typical of mid-19th century styling, the very full skirt was worn over a hoop petticoat and is further widened by layers of ruffles. The starch used on this garment has discolored it over time.  This dress was worn by Marianna Heyward (b. 1844) when she married Benjamin Walter Taylor on December 14, 1865. They had eight children, including early 20th century artist Anna Heyward Taylor.  During the Civil War, Benjamin had served as a surgeon, becoming the Medical Director of the Calvary Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. 
HT 802 The Charleston Museum

Starched organdy dress, 1865. Typical of mid-19th century styling, the very full skirt was worn over a hoop petticoat and is further widened by layers of ruffles. The starch used on this garment has discolored it over time.  This dress was worn by Marianna Heyward (b. 1844) when she married Benjamin Walter Taylor on December 14, 1865. They had eight children, including early 20th century artist Anna Heyward Taylor.  During the Civil War, Benjamin had served as a surgeon, becoming the Medical Director of the Calvary Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. 

HT 802 The Charleston Museum

The broad, scooped neckline along with a low, pointed waist over a very full skirt emphasize the tiny waist so fashionable at the time.  It was worn by Louisa Jane Dearing who married Henry Edmondston (1834-1896), December 1859. Also pictured is Henry’s white satin wedding vest is embroidered with lovely floral sprays.

HT 4525 and HT 2755 The Charleston Museum

Silk brocade dress, 1842. The skirt is set onto the bodice in flat pleats, with the skirt slightly fuller in the back. Elizabeth Mary Lesesne Blamyer wore this dress at her wedding to Henry Wigfall (1821-1858) on February 24, 1842 at Saint Paul’s Church.
HT 3071  The Charleston Museum

Silk brocade dress, 1842. The skirt is set onto the bodice in flat pleats, with the skirt slightly fuller in the back. Elizabeth Mary Lesesne Blamyer wore this dress at her wedding to Henry Wigfall (1821-1858) on February 24, 1842 at Saint Paul’s Church.

HT 3071  The Charleston Museum

Cotton muslin dress, 1806, embroidered with delicate floral sprigs. The front bodice of dress has two straps to attach to shoulders. The back extends to the front and hooks under the bustline. The short sleeves originally had a tiny drawstring to pull them into little puffs.  Sarah Elizabeth Ellison wore this dress when she married James Adger in Winnsboro, SC in 1806. 

HT 748 The Charleston Museum