Wedding dress; [?]; c1930s-1940s; 2010.80


Wedding dress

About this object

Wedding dress; white satin brocade with shoulder pads, bust seams curve to dropped waist seam around hips, gathered skirt, lace and ribbon bow trim. Openings on left shoulder, side and lower sleeves fasten with domes and hooks. Bodice lined with netting.

Shoulder pads originally became popular for women in the 1930s when fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli included them in her designs of 1931, and the following year Joan Crawford wore them in the film "Letty Lynton" (According to Amy De La Haye 1988, Fashion Source Book, London, Quarto Publishing).



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Medium and Materials

processed material, synthetic;
processed material, metal


h 1360mm (shoulder to hem) x w 325mm (shoulder to shoulder)

Subject and Association Keywords

manners and customs, costume. dress. fashion

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, dressmaking

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, homecrafts

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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