Gown, Wedding

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Description Wedding gown, underdress, and veil. White nylon, synthetic gown, white, bodice with v-yoke trimmed with lace, rolled neckline, 9 back covered buttons, left side zipper, long sleeves with 3 covered buttons, elongated waistling with v-front, full attached skirt with 24 inch train, skirt two scalloped edged sections sewn together, bottom skirt loops for holding up while walking or dancing. Underdress: white nylon with white abstract floral print, strapless, left side zipper. Veil: white, headband covered with plastic white flowers, net veil, round shap with edges trimmed with lace.

Gown fashioned from parachute that saved Clibbord Britton's life during World War II. He was a copilot on a B-17 that was part of the 8th Air Force out of England and used the chute in 1945 to bail out of his damaged plane. Clifford Britton of Neenah married Edith Breese on June 21, 1947 in Randolph, Wisconsin. The gown was created by the groom's sister Clara. Clara had lived in Illinois and made long trips to Wisconisin to complete the gown.
Dimensions H-83 W-17 inches
Dimension notes Veil: 44.50 inches wide x 51 inches long and 2 inches deep
Year Range from 1945
Event World War II
Year range to 1947
Material Nylon/Synthetic/Plastic
Object ID 2000.62.1
Object Name Gown, Wedding
People Britton, Clifford
Britton, Edith Breese
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