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Norman Norell collectionScrapbooks (KA0035.03) ➔ Nun-Inspired Bridal Gown with Diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels

Photographic Material

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Norman Norell (designer)
Traina-Norell (Firm) (designer)
Van Cleef & Arpels (designer)



Work Type

photographic prints


8 in (width) x 10 in (height)


Adapted from a nun's robe, this wedding dress features a floor-length skirt, long bell sleeves, what appears to be a sash belt, and a yoke with shirring below. The dress is worn with a headdress that is wound around the throat and head, which then falls into a cape in place of a traditional lace or net bridal veil. A newspaper article featuring this exact photograph indicates that this dress is align with the spirit of the post-war era, as brides could now focus more attention on their wedding. The photograph was sent with a press release issued by the advertising agency N. W. Ayer & Son, Inc., and can be found with the accompanying letter in Box OSx-1, Folder 16. The press release indicates that the fabric is white rayon jersey, and the diamond ring, bracelet, and bodice pin are all designed by Van Cleef & Arpels.


81 prints #42


Scott, Evelyn. The Boston Sunday Globe, April 21, 1946.

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Kellen Design Archives


box 4, folder 4



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