1940s Wedding Dress
This dress was worn by Daphne Hendrie née Edgecombe when she married Peter Hendrie on the 14th February before he went to war. Daphne’s mother made it 2 weeks before Peter had to leave to serve his country. It was made from the curtains that hung either side of the front door at her home in Bowral.
It is made from cream flocked curtain material. It has a high neckline, inset sleeves with wedding peak at wrists. The front waistline is an inverted ‘v’ with a peplum that scoops deeply at the back of the gown. The gown is backed with netting. There are 2 hook and eye closures at the centre back waist and 36 self covered buttons from the back neck to just below the waist. It features a train made from the same fabric. This beautiful homemade gown is seen here being worn by Jenny at Lake Macquarie’s History Illuminated Festival.