Woman's wedding dress (dress and veil)

about 1938
Made for Filenes Department Store, Boston (American, founded 1911)


Dress center back: 231.1 cm (91 in.) Dress center front: 128.3 cm (50 1/2 in.) Veil overall: 297.2 x 223.5 cm (117 x 88 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Dress: Synthetic satin weave. Veil: Silk net, wire, wax flowers, and elastic

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ivory satin with sweetheart neckline, poufed leg-of-mutton sleeves with points at wrists. High, shaped waist seam, 8 gore skirt flares to long, wide train. Self-covered buttons and loop closures at center back and wrists. Blue silk ribbon bow attached inside seam at the side of the train. No label. Veil of ivory silk net, attached to “Mary Stuart” headpiece, gathered net on wire frame, lined with net ruffles. Open back, edge decorated with wax orange blossoms and cloth leaves, with elastic strap. Labeled: “The French Shop, Wm. Filene’s Sons Co., Boston”


2006, purchased by the donor, Susan Ward, from a New Hampshire dealer via an internet auction; gift to MFA (Accession date: December 12, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Susan Ward