BridalCheek

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Parachute Silk Wedding Dresses November 10, 2008

Drew’s mom was in town for the weekend, so of course we went to the art museum to give her a preview of where the wedding will be. The CMA happened to have an exhibit called “Objects of Wonder” which turned out to be the most random collection of oddities I have ever seen, all from the Ohio State archives….we’re talking scaly creatures in jars, next to old college scrapbooks, next to a machine for weighing jockeys, next to a row of vintage shoes.

It was pretty bizarre, but a lot of fun and even wedding related when we turned the corner and saw an absolutely gorgeous 1940s white silk gown. From far away it looked like just a classic antique wedding dress, but when we got closer to read all of the displays we found out it was made entirely out of parachute silk salvaged from WWII. Apparently this was fairly common practice because textiles were so scarce during the war. It just goes to show how resourceful brides can be in a pinch!