This was the decade of emancipation for women. They shortened their skirts, loosened their corsets, and got the vote. The well-loved Gibson Girl was losing popularity. Women were beginning to think more about fashion with lighter fabrics and looser styles. Women then turned to wearing straight, slender dresses with high, wide "empire" waistlines. Most wedding dresses were very elaborate, and fabrics included satin, silk, and chiffon. Net lace with embroidery or beading was also highly favored. Some dresses had long, trailing panels that formed a train. Trimming for the wedding dress usually included a sash or girdle fastened around the waistline. Also worn with the dress was a long flowing veil of net secured at the back of the head with either a headband or "shower cap" made from veiling and adorned with flowers.
"Cecily" would have walked down the aisle in 1916. This lacy and feminine frock is lovingly stitched in silver silk charmeuse with a beautiful overlay of pewter scalloped lace with a delicate floral design. This dress consists of a sleeveless fitted sheath with a square neckline that becomes the modest inset and ankle length slim skirt under the shorter lace overdress which is mitered to a point in both the front and the back. The sleeves come to the elbow and are fashioned in flutter design, which makes full advantage of the scalloped edge of the fabric. A modest train drapes from the girdle of gathered lace in back and adds a dainty and bridal touch.
The headpiece, sold separately, is made of a wreath of silk flowers and grey tulle that matches in length the lace train and features a period drape of tulle at the back neck.
Dry clean only.