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Evening Dress
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Title: Evening Dress
Identifier: 2008.9.1
Donor: Mrs. R. N. Bennett
Item Date: 1929
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: An ivory coloured satin and lace bias cut evening dress. The dress has a v-neck which is very low. The skirt is biased cut and has two inserts of loose lace that attach at the hip and flow to the ankle. There are two matching lace fichu collars that tie in the centre. The lace is the same as the lace sewn onto the dress. Dress shows sings of hand and machine sewing. It has a side opening with metal snaps.

Dress was worn by donor’s mother Gabrielle Gagnon neé Godbout (1904- 1977) in 1929 to a “special ball” in Montreal which she attended with her husband, Edouard Gagnon. Gabrielle and Edourad met when he came to stay at her grandmother’s house as a young Roman Catholic brother. He was raising funds for the church and had planned to be a priest but did not take his orders after meeting Gabrielle. They were separated during WWI when Edouard went overseas. It was in Paris in 1917 that he bought the fabric which was later made into this gown. He brought the fabric back with him as a gift to Gabrielle. They married in 1917. She used the fabric to make a christening gown and hat and used the rest for this dress. They had six children together. Edouard was fourteen years senior to Gabrielle.

The donor, Mrs. R.N. Bennett, grew up in Montreal but left to move to Ontario with her husband Gus. They were married in 1945 and moved to Ontario shortly after. They lived in Port Credit for 2 years, Lorne Park for 3 years and on Randor Street in Clarkson for 50 years.
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