1895 - 1910 BELLE EPOQUE SUMMER EVENING GOWN
Jackie O's wedding dress by Valentino
Brussels mixed lace veil, 1870; Marion Powys, renowned early 20th century lace expert and owner of Devonshire Lace Shop, 556 Madison Ave, NYC, purchased the "Lily Veil" from a Russian Count: machine-made cream net inset with toile of handmade bobbin lace lilies and delicate florals in scallop pattern, 102" x 119"
Brussels mixed lace veil, 1870s. Wow! Ok, "wow" is inadequate.
Haute Couture Elie Saab
Marchesa Embellished silk-chiffon strapless gown
Elizabeth Hawes circa 1936.
This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved Maj. Claude Hensinger during World War II. In August 1944, Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew were returning from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, when their engine caught fire. The crew was forced to bail out. Suffering from only minor injuries, Hensinger used the parachute as a pillow and blanket as he waited to be rescued. He kept the parachute that had saved his life. He later proposed to his girlfriend Ruth in 1947.