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September 7, 2012

Charlotte Hill’s wedding gown

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Charlotte Hill's wedding gown

Two-piece satin wedding gown worn by Charlotte Hill, a daughter of railroad magnate James J. Hill, at her wedding to George T. Slade on October 9, 1901.  The gown’s top has a high lace neckline banded in satin and a pleated tulle bodice insert.  The fitted and boned bodice is lined in silk taffeta and has small lapels and back hooks.  The modified leg of mutton sleeves have wing cuffs with chiffon undersleeves.  A wide tucked band buttons at the elbow to form sleeve accents.   The skirt’s train is three and a half feet long, and a wide silk tulle ruffle trims the hem.  The entire gown is lined in silk taffeta.

For details, view the gown’s skirt and top in our online collections database.

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