Mother of the bride outfit, women's, consisting of dress, jacket, hat, gloves, shoes and handbag, silk / cotton / leather / polyester, worn by Zelma Steeper, dress, jacket and hat designed and made by Zelma Steeper, Frankston, Victoria, Australia, 1963-1964
Matching dress and jacket in coffee-coloured corded lace, fully lined with coffee coloured organza.
Dress: tight fitting, calf-length dress with a slight flared skirt, fitted bodice with short sleeves, and a very shallow V-neck. The waist is trimmed with coffee organza piping and an insert of pleated organza at centre front. The hem of skirt has scalloped edging where the lining attaches to the lace. The dress is machine sewn and lined with coffee organza. Side seam opening fastens with metal zipper.
Jacket: the loose fitting jacket is cropped to the waist, has three quarter length sleeves, and a cross over closure at front. The hem is edged with coffee organza piping and trimmed at the front with two small bows. The jacket is machine sewn and fully lined with coffee coloured organza.
Modesty panel: separate 'dickie front' in same materials, with one holder at each shoulder (bra strap holders). The purpose of this panel is not clear.
Hat: made to match in coffee organza with a wide brim, wired round outer edge. Crown is made in lace, with a wide band of the coffee organza pleated to match dress, and a large bow at centre back.
Shoes: pair of court shoes made of copper coloured leather, high heeled court shoe with self bow. The shoes have leather soles and inner soles.
Handbag: made of copper coloured calf leather, small, triangular shaped, with a short leather handle, a gold clasp at top. The bag is lined with beige silk satin and has two inner pockets, one which fastens with a zipper.
Gloves: pair of coffee-coloured nylon, elbow length gloves with embroidered rosettes.
Shoes: inscribed on lining: 'Size 7 1/2 A', stamped in gold on inner sole: 'MADE BY/PARKER SHOE CO/ALL LEATHER SOLE', stamped on inner sole: 'Styled in/PARKER CORONAL/NEW YORK/MYER EMPORIUM LTD'.
Bag: fabric label inside side seam 'MADE BY/Parlond/SYDNEY/CALF'.
Gloves: fabric label inside 'NYLON SIMPLEX/Made in Hong Kong/Size 7'.