Photographer: Jac’s Photography
Barb GriffinFashionista Writer
Posted Dec 31 2008
Fate would intervene in the guise of a former German pilot who walked into the food distribution center where Ludwig worked, eager to make a trade for his worthless parachute. In exchange for two pounds of coffee beans and a couple of packs of cigarettes Lilly would have her wedding gown.
For two weeks Miriam the seamstress worked under the curious eyes of her fellow DPs, carefully fashioning the six parachute panels into a simple, long sleeved gown with a rolled collar and a fitted waist that tied in the back with a bow. When the dress was completed she sewed the leftover material into a matching shirt for the groom.
A white wedding gown may have seemed like a frivolous request in the surreal environment of the camps, but for Lilly the dress symbolized the innocent, normal life she and her family had once led before the world descended into madness. Lilly and her siblings were raised in a Torah observant home in the small town of Zarica, Czechoslovakia where her father was a melamed, respected and well liked by the young yeshiva students he taught in nearby Irsheva.
In 1948 when President Harry Truman finally permitted the 100,000 Jews who had been languishing in DP camps since the end of the war to emigrate, the gown accompanied Lilly across the ocean to America. Unable to part with her dress, it lay at the bottom of her bedroom closet for the next 50 years, “not even good enough for a garage sale. I was happy when it found such a good home.”
But Lilly Friedman’s dress had one more journey to make. Bergen Belsen, the museum, opened its doors on October 28, 2007. The German government invited Lilly and her sisters to be their guests for the grand opening. They initially declined, but finally traveled to Hanover the following year with their children, their grandchildren and extended families to view the extraordinary exhibit created for the wedding dress made from a parachute.
The three Lax sisters – Lilly, Ilona and Eva, who together survived Auschwitz, a forced labor camp, a death march and Bergen Belsen – have remained close and today live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn. As mere teenagers, they managed to outwit and outlive a monstrous killing machine, then went on to marry, have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were ultimately honored by the country that had earmarked them for extinction.
David’s Bridal Wedding Dress Picks from www.stylemepretty.com
I just saw this on weddingbells blog and I had to share. I know when I was getting married I found the perfect dress, for the price my parents could afford. unfortunately it was from David’s Bridal and I didn’t have time for a road trip. So I am so happy to announce David Bridal is coming to Canada. They will be opening two stores in March 2011, Mississauga and Scarborough. It will be so nice to have a budget-savvy bridal retailer near by.
Weddningbells also mention Vera Wang will be designing an affordable collection exclusively for David’s Bridal. So stay tuned:)
Some brides might have picked who their maid of honour would be when they were ten, some find it more difficult to choose one friend to be her honour attendant. Having two close friends sharing this role is an excellent solution. It shouldn’t complicate matters, since the basic responsibilities of any member of the wedding party are the same: to offer assistance throughout her engagement and on her wedding day and be there to support her. As many of us know planning a wedding can be stressful at time.
At the ceremony, the dual honour attendants can walk down the aisle either together or one in front of the other; they should stand side by side next to the bride during the ceremony. As well each maid of honour can be assigned different responsibilities, such as straightening the train and veil, holding the bouquet, handing the bride the grooms ring, and signing the marriage licence as a witness. Ohh and don’t forget to make sure both maids of honour are listed as such in the wedding program.
When I saw this powered blue dress I feel in love. Not too sure If I would have worn blue on my wedding day, but I like the idea now seven years after my wedding. Which I would totally do different if I was planning it now. Funny how that happens!
Keria Knightley looks absolutely beautiful in this wedding dress and powered blue cardigan. What a great idea to wear a cardigan later in the evening. It’s looks great and with the flower embellishment, it’s not your simple plain jane cardigan that you would wear everyday. So now you can have your outdoor wedding and keep a little warm on the cooler nights.
I’m still trying to find the designer. So I will keep you posted.
Those who know me, know, that not only do I love to shop for clothes but I’m also an avid fashion and trend researcher. I LOVE discovering unique pieces and fun new websites, and I have an eye for it. Now I find myself researching wedding information for interesting options for you, our readers and future brides. It’s a road I have not yet ventured…so you’ll have to be patient with me. Some of my discoveries aren’t going to be phenomenal…but I think this one is!
I came across this great website ( http://www.twobirdsbridesmaids.com ), which conveniently backs up my first article. No one likes to invest a lot of money in a bridesmaid dress that you’re only going to wear once. Founder and designer Ariene Goldman, states she was “frustrated with spending too much money on a dress she’ll never wear again”. So she designed a dress that can be worn 15 different ways.
The website is very user friendly and pleasing to the eye. It illustrates and provides picture instructions on a few ways to ‘wrap’ the dress to your desired style. She cleverly names each style as the “Elizabeth”, “Caroline” or “Annie”s.
Styles such as one shoulder, kimono style, halter, cap sleeves, and strapless are just a few of the options. This eliminates the stress of finding that right fit for all your bridesmaids who are very different women. Real women come in all shapes and sizes and this dress gives each bridesmaid the option of wearing the garment in a way that most flatters her body.
The dress simply comes in two sizes (A) 0-14 and (B) 16-24. The nylon/jersey/spandex material allows for a comfortable fit that is not clingy, but falls nicely against the body. They come in various hemlines and three collections. Classic, Rosette or Two Toned.
There are 20 different colors, ranging in shades such as black, peacock blue, slate and dusty rose (which to me, looks a bit peachy). Custom colors are available. The Two Toned collection can be used with any two colors available. They are located in the States but ship to Canada, unless of course you want to take your girls on a weekend to New York. (Have a weekend in New York).
Best of all, the dress is practical and sexy. Yes – two words we don’t often use together…but I think this time its warranted.
Personally I love the dress. It would definitely be a huge possibility for my bridesmaids….only thing is…I’m still searching for my groom!