|Description: Ecru colour, floor-length, French Crepe wedding gown in Grecian style with 88 cm train at the back. Long sleeves gathered from shoulder to wrist. Sleeves end in points over the hand with three snap closures. Bodice has heart shape neckline; 3 cm tucks diagonally across the front crossing at the centre, 3 wide tucks over the shoulders crossing across the back. Back neckline is high cut V-shape. Tucks continue into waistline. Skirt is heavily gathered at the waist with a small satin bustle on each hip that measures 24 X 10 X 4 cm. One 24 cm long metal side zipper found on left side. |
The donor, Mrs. Jean Stager née Veitch (b. 1924), wore this dress at her wedding to William Stager (1922- 2007) in 1949. Jean bought the material at a Simpson's Salon in Toronto and it was made by a Portuguese seamstress on Roncesvalles Avenue in 1948. The Stagers moved to Lorne Park in 1952 and lived in the same house for 43 years (1197 Streambank Drive). Both of their children; Graeme and Sheila, attended and graduated from Lorne Park Public School and Lorne Park Highschool. The Stagers moved to Oakville in the mid 1990's. Mrs. Stager moved to B.C. in 2007 shortly after her husband's passing. Jean worked as a nurse at Mississauga Hospital as well as a VON in Peel. She remains a charter member of Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church; its congregation celebrates 50 years in 2007. Over the years Mrs. Stager also participated on the Home and School Society for Lorne Park Public School and at one time was on the Auxiliary of the Mississauga Symphony. William graduated as an Electrical Engineer and worked at several companies in Toronto including Bell Canada and Canadian Coast Guard; he would take the GO Train to work every day.