This costume was worn by Ethel Could Goodhue when she married Alan Rogers at St Matthews Church in Hikurangi on November 9, 1938, within the church the place she was baptised.

Textiles have at all times been a particular curiosity of mine, notably ones from previous eras. Whangārei Museum holds clothes objects that replicate altering types and fashions all through the years.

This wedding ceremony costume from 1938 (2012/16/2a-b) is particularly fascinating, coming late within the years of the Nice Melancholy and simply earlier than World Battle II.

It’s lucky that when this stunning costume was donated to the museum, it got here with particulars of who wore it and the place.

The donor was S. Mooney and the costume was worn by Ethel Could Goodhue when she married Alan Rogers at St Matthews Church in Hikurangi on the November 9, 1938, within the church the place she was baptised.

The costume is in stunning situation, cream satin with panels of lace.

Tiny satin-covered buttons adorn the back from neck to below the waist.Tiny satin-covered buttons adorn the again from neck to beneath the waist.

Tiny satin-covered buttons adorn the again from neck to beneath the waist. A practice options panels of lace plus small bunches of synthetic flowers.

The excessive neck and lengthy sleeves function appliqued lace, the lace falling to a degree over the fingers. Search for a sublime robe. The costume is bias reduce in order that the satin falls gracefully to the ground.

Ethel wore a tulle floor-length veil trimmed with satin and a coronet of synthetic flowers. It will need to have been a proud day for her household. {A photograph} of Ethel carrying the costume got here with the donation (2012/16/7).

Ethel wore a tulle floor-length veil trimmed with satin and a coronet of artificial flowersEthel wore a tulle floor-length veil trimmed with satin and a coronet of synthetic flowers

Researching wedding ceremony attire for this era turned up a lot of attention-grabbing particulars.

For example, lengthy sleeves, excessive necklines and floor-length clothes have been the norm, particularly if one have been being married in a church.

The pendulum had swung from the extra liberal instances of the 1920s to a extra austere and conservative type as widespread unemployment started to hit.

The 1920s introduced wedding ceremony clothes with dropped waistlines, using silk fringing and shorter skirts. Through the struggle years, 1939-45, it was a return to austerity and brides wore both their greatest costume or a tailor-made swimsuit.

Society weddings and people of movie stars tremendously influenced what younger brides selected for his or her wedding ceremony clothes.

Devoted bridal magazines have been first revealed in 1936 and patterns have been turning into available.

The Melancholy definitely performed an element in how lavish or not weddings have been. We’ll by no means understand how these elements affected the younger Ethel as she deliberate her wedding ceremony.

On file are tales of made-over wedding ceremony clothes, the substitution of rayon satin for actual satin, and wedding ceremony receptions modestly catered for.

Different attention-grabbing information associated to weddings:

In historical Rome, brides at all times wore yellow veils, brides in historical Greece wore crimson robes. Medieval brides wore wealthy colours typically studded with gems, designed to replicate the standing of the wearer. Queen Victoria was the primary to put on a white wedding ceremony costume, Victorian girls usually wore blue to marry in as a result of blue was perceived to be the colour of purity. The white wedding ceremony costume was copied all around the world and persists right now. Within the late 1800s, if a lady have been marrying a widower, she historically wore a black wedding ceremony costume. No file of what the necessities have been for widower’s apparel!

It’s hoped Ethel and Alan had a beautiful day and the solar shone in Hikurangi.
*This merchandise is just not on show on the museum

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