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Vintage Details

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Posted by Sherri Caudell Brennan, Shopping and Fashion Market Editor

Wedding-related topics seem to follow me everywhere I go. Case in point? I'm out on vacation this week, and my first stop was my friend Sam Moyer's house in Hanover, Massachusetts. While here, I happened upon one of the most unique vintage wedding dresses I have ever seen. Sam's mother, Mary Coogan, told me about her relative Belle Coogan, who was married in a double wedding at the same time as her twin on June 5, 1901! Belle's exquisite two-piece frock was on view at the Wisconsin Historical Museum for a time, but is now safely back in Mary's hands just in time to give me a preview.

Being such a fan of vintage details, I was instantly drawn to the eclectic style of the dress. The linen pieces are held together with a gorgeous belt reminiscent of a Japanese obi, and the long sleeves with lace detailing and flared tea-length skirt seem in keeping with a wedding in the early 1900's. In fact, it's a little bit Yoko Ono and a whole lot Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence". Romance would always be near in an ensemble like this. Here's my friend Sam modeling the jacket, which would look great with a camisole underneath. Would you guys ever wear a two-piece for your wedding? 

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