Historic New England
C. 1839- 40
Cream silk satin wedding dress; bateau neck trimmed with cream fringe; attached capelet extends over shoulders with twisted silk satin braid and same silk fringe; bodice has satin lattice amd twisted satin braid to waist; silk fringe at slightly pointed waist; piping at armseye; pleats at drop shoulder broken by teo rows of satin rope braid; elbow length; two rosettes at elbow with same silk fringe. Five silk satin rosettes at center back; hook and eye closure. Skirt is pleated at waist, hem lined with cream cotton. Bodice lined with white cotton.
NMAH Smithsonian: This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved the groom’s life during World War II. Maj. Claude Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew, were returning from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, in August 1944 when their engine caught fire. The crew was forced to bail out. It was night and Major Hensinger landed on some rocks and suffered some minor injuries. During the night he used the parachute both as a pillow and a blanket. In the morning the crew was able to reassemble and were taken in by some friendly Chinese. He kept the parachute and used it as a way to propose to Ruth in 1947. He presented it to her and suggested she make a gown out of it for their wedding.
She wondered how she was going to make “this voluminuous item” into a dress. Seeing a dress in a store window that was based on one that appeared in the movie Gone with the Wind, she patterned her dress after that. She hired a local seamstress, Hilda Buck, to make the bodice and veil. She made the skirt herself; she pulled up the strings on the parachute so that the dress would be shorter in the front and have a train in the back. The couple were married in the Neffs Lutheran Church in Neffs, Pennslyvania, July 19, 1947. Their daughter and their son’s bride also wore the dress for their weddings.
Her story starts at her lower back where the Tully fish and Stark Direwolf entwine as we move round to the front the Lannister Lion is becoming dominant over the Direwolf and at the back neck the Lions head is stamped onto Sansa. The dress colour was still very much Sansa Stark and the embroidery had pale golden tones but woven through the story are ripe red pomegranates, the red colour symbolising the growing Lannister influence over her.
"Wedding Bodice, Weeks, Chicago: 1896, silk taffeta, silk satin, tulle, silk floss, silver mesh, rhinestone, pearl, silver cording. “Worn as part of wedding ensemble by the donor’s mother (née Florence Sanger Pullman, b. 8/11/1868, d. 6/5/1937) on April 29, 1896 on the occasion of her marriage to Frank Orren Lowden (b. 1/26/1896, d. 3/20/1943)."
Hamda Al Fahim
Fall/ Winter 2013 Collection
I’ve always told my mother I would be an unconventional bride, I want to wear a gown in a soft pastel colour, I want flowers tangled in my hair, and something unique that expresses me.