This wedding gown belonged to Alice Faye Otis, the daughter of prominent Bostonians. In 1884 she wed Dr. Walter Otis, a wealthy Boston psychiatrist. Although the exact date of their wedding is not known, the heavy fabric of the gown suggests a fall or winter ceremony. Known to dress in expensive garments, Mrs. Otis must have made quite an impression walking down the aisle in this sumptuous gown - a couture creation from L. P. Hollander & Company of Boston, Newport and Paris. Featuring the classic bustle silhouette of the Gilded Age, the dress boasts a 100-1/2 inch train lined underneath with row after row of French lace that would not even be seen unless the train was lifted to reveal this extravagance.
Place object was created: Boston, MA
silk velvet, satin, silk satin, silk ribbon, faux pearl, silk tulle, silk faille, machine bobbin lace
Measurements: shoulder width: 11 inches bust: 33 inches waist: 22.5 inches sleeve length: 17 inches length: 44.5 inches length: 100.5 inchesMuseum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2003.74A-B
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