This is a picture of Charley Helms and Hilda Grafts on their wedding day in 1905. This photo was taken in Seymour, Wisconsin.
Hilda’s bridal gown reflects the women’s fashions of that time with its high neck collar, long sleeves, slightly puffy bodice, and gathered skirt that reaches the ground. At the beginning of the 1900s, a bride was supposed to be totally covered for modesty. Even though her bodice appears loose, Hilda had a stiff corset underneath everything.
Hilda’s dress displays a variety of lace and lace fabric. Her high collar, and the yoke area below it, is made of a sheer fabric with small embroidered decoration on it. Below that is a lace fabric with vertical bands of embroidery. This section is edged in a wide lace. This wide lace is repeated on the sleeves which reach to her wrists. There is a wide flat band of lace down the center of the front of the bodice and skirt.
Hilda’s skirt is gathered and hangs evenly around her. There is no train attached to her dress. The bottom of her skirt has a wide ruffle topped by a wide band of lace. She wears a narrow band or belt around her waist. Draped from this is a wide white ribbon with knots for decoration.
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Hilda’s headpiece is a band of tightly ruffled netting that is standing upright. In front of that are bunches of small flowers. Her veil reaches almost to the ground. Hilda wears a large locket on a chain around her neck. She also has a small one flower boutonniere on her bodice.
Hilda’s bridal bouquet appears to be two large dark colored orchids along with some other smaller flowers and greenery, tied with wide white ribbon.
I think Hilda’s dress makes good use of a variety of laces without being overdone. If you like this style of dress, you should check out this 1904 Bride.
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