This dress was worn by the donor at her marriage to R. Post Eddy in 1955. She also gave us the accessories that she wore for her daytime wedding. During the 1950s wedding dresses in "cocktail" length-to correspond in formality and length with dresses worn to cocktail parties-became a staple of the wedding industry. Although not as formal as a full-length wedding dress, it was more formal than a suit or daytime dress. In this particular version, the dress is a shirtwaist style, with a fitted bodice and very full skirt, which created the illusion of a very small waist. Anne Fogarty is often identified with this silhouette. Exhibited in Suiting Everyone: The Democratization of Clothing in America from 1974 to 1979.