Wedding ensembles (2), wedding outfit, going away outfit, including photographs (8), designed and made by Beril Jents/ photographs by John Hearder, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952
Wedding dress: cream coloured wedding dress consisting of a long pencil-line silk satin dress with voluminous overskirt. The sleeveless bodice is draped over the bust with encased bones at each side seam and small loops of fabric to secure brassiere straps. The centre back opening fastens with a metal zipper and a metal hook and thread loop. There are small blue bows are attached inside the piped waistline [probably in reference to 'something borrowed, something blue']. The overskirt falls down towards the back from the waist as a satin peplum covered in clusters of satin and chiffon roses and leaves with faggoted edges. The peplum extends out at the back as a train. From the edge of this falls a stiff rayon taffeta circular underskirt then one of organza, both hems stiffened with wide crinoline bands. Over these is a top layer of many metres of circular frills of chiffon dropping from the peplum. The dress is hand and machine sewn and unlined.
Petticoat: the crinoline petticoat is in two parts and is made of cream calico with horizontal metal hoops and hem frill. It is structured in such a way as to support the peplum under the skirt.
Bridal cap: the bridal cap is made of cream satin over buckram stiffening, bordered with sprigs of self-coloured flowers and a voluminous silk net veil falling from the back. The cap secures to the head with two short lengths of black hat elastic.
Gloves: pair of women's wrist length gloves made of cream kid with pleated detail at the wrist and fastening with a single metal press stud. Inside are the numbers '9505' and '2292' written in ink.
Going-away dress: meltonian blue silk satin going away dress with long fitted sleeves and shawl collar. The right side of the collar and the two slash pockets at centre front at hip level are encrusted with beads and braid. The calf length straight skirt has a self overskirt and self covered belt lined with grey fabric. The dress fastens at the back with a zipper and the sleeves have zippers from elbow to wrist to create a perfect fit. The dress is machine and hand sewn and unlined. There is a matching, tight fitting slip made of blue silk jersey and trimmed with lace at bust and hem. The slip has adjustable shoulder straps, is machine sewn and unlined.
Box with lid: rectangular box made of paper covered cardboard, white on the box and printed yellow on the lid. Inside there are six white cotton ties to secure the dress in place.
Photograph: black and white, landscape format on glossy paper, shows the bridal party outside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney with large number of guests in the background.
Photograph: black and white, portrait format, show the bride and groom with the bridesmaids and grooms men, guests mill about in the background.
Photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows the bride and groom on steps of cathedral with a line of bridesmaids behind.
Photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows Beril Jents who is holding a fashion photograph, and Betty McInerney, Betty'e pose replicates that in the photo.
Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows the bride and groom posing in a studio with a bouquet of flowers behind them. The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.
Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows bride and groom on the steps of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Wedding guests mill about in the background. The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.
Studio photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows the bride and bridesmaids in a studio setting. From left to right: Sheila Christie, Betty McInerney, Monica Gallagher, Therese Stormon, Shirley McDonald, Patricia Byrne (front). The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.
Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows the bride in her wedding dress. The photograph is mounted on white cardboard in a folded buff paper cover. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.
Dresses, gloves, veil and petticoats: no marks.
Box: printed on lid 'GERMAIN ROCHER/PTY LTD./HAUTE COUTURE-MODES/TEL. 28 2016 (2 LINES) CABLE. ADDR. ROCHER, SYDNEY/THE TRUST BUILDING/155 KING STREET/SYDNEY'. Printed and inscribed on white paper sticker adhered to lid 'GERMAIN ROCHER/PTY LTD./HAUTE COUTURE-MODES/5th August 1970/Mrs M.O. Stormon/55 Abingdon Road/Roseville 2069/PLEASE RECEIVE FROM GERMAINE ROACHER/2 Boxes/March 2001/G-A-dress/bridesmaid's dress for Pat'. White sticker inscribed on side of lid 'MY "GOING AWAY"/DRESS'.
Photographs (2): stamped on back 'CONSOLIDATED PRESS LTD./COPYRIGHT/This photo cannot be used for reproduction advertising, or/commercial purpose, and cannot be copied, syndicated,/sold or rented without the permission of Consolidated/Press Limited, 108-173...illeg...Sydney'.
Photograph: stamped on back 'SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPH/NOT TO BE/REPRODUCED OR DISPLAYED/COMMERCIALLY/WITHOUT PERMISSION'.
Photograph: inscribed on back 'Keep for/Stan Gr...illeg...'.
Photograph: stamped on back 'DATE/PHOTO BY/John Hearder/CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY/142B KING ST./SYDNEY/BW 9508. XY 3708/PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE AS/ABOVE'.
Photograph: stamped on back 'NO/PHOTOGRAPH BY/John Hearder/CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY/51 CASTLEREAGH ST./SYDNEY/Please quote above number when ordering further copies'.