Bling!: Gorgeous Gowns and Dazzling Dresses :
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circa 1880s
Hooper, Jessie Jack
Bustle dress. A bright blue silk satin dress with rose-colored (now faded to a cream color except where hidden in seams and pleats) silk fabric accents. The basque bodice has a stand-up collar and high yoke of blue satin with metallic gold gimp trim and cream-colored lace trim; across the upper bustline is a drape of the faded rose-colored silk; below the fitted bodice forms a V in front with a front closure of 22 gold-colored ball buttons; set-in sleeves are mostly of the faded rose-colored silk gathered at the wrists with cuffs of the blue satin decorated with metallic gold gimp trim; also on sleeve shoulders are tabs of blue satin with metallic gold gimp trim. The bodice front draws to the back to form a bustle to which is attached a pleated panel of blue satin fabric that drapes to the floor. The skirt has 6 pleats, the center 4 pleats show narrow edge of faded rose-colored silk; extending from the waist to the bottom edge of the skirt is a fabric inset of the faded rose-colored silk that is gathered and pleated at the waistline with 2 bands of rushing and then pleats over this is draped the blue satin fabric with metallic gold gimp trim. The tournure-style bustle in back is in the construction of the dress and made of spring steel which is formed by tying strings.

Jessie Jack Hooper (1864-1935) is one of the more colorful women in the history of Wisconsin: Jessie Annette Jack Hooper was born on a farm in Winneashiek County, Iowa in 1864, the daughter of David and Mary Nelings Jack. About 1883, her sister, Florence Jack, married Merrick Joel Peck of Oshkosh, WI. While visiting Oshkosh, Jesse met Oshkosh lawyer Benjamin Foss Hooper. They were married on May 30, 1888, in the city of New Hampton, IA. The couple had one child, Lorna Hooper, born 28 May 1889 in Oshkosh. Jesse became very active in the Woman's Suffrage Movement in Wisconsin and Nationally. Following passage of the 19th Amendment, she became active in the National League of Women Voters. She was selected by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in 1922 to run as their candidate for the United States Senate against Robert E. La Follette, but was defeated. In 1922, Mrs. Hooper became untiring worker for world peace. She was a member of the national committee of the League of Women Voters for International Cooperation to Prevent War and in 1928 attended the Conference on the Cause and Cure of War. She also chaired the Indian Affairs Committee of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and was an advocate for Native Americans and the Menominee Tribe in particular. She died of cancer on May 7, 1935 in Oshkosh.

Tournure-style bustle: Spring steel in shirring across the back and bustle formed by tying the ends together across the front.
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