Dress of the week: Barbara Mosley Peck

Sep 4, 2023 | Articles & Exhibits

Each week during the Here Comes the Bride exhibit, the history of one of the dresses will be featured on the website and social media. Visit these dresses and more in person from June 2 through August 12 extended through September 9, 2023, at the David L. Pierce Art & History Center. Exhibit hours will be listed below the article.

This dress was worn by Barbara Mosley (b. 1932) of Montgomery for her wedding to Stanley Peck (b. 1931) of Aurora on February 20, 1952. 

Barbara’s mid-length ivory satin dress features an embroidered pattern, short sleeves with cuffs, a v-neck with a pointed collar, and side pockets.   The dress is a Natlynn Exclusive Original; this brand was known for “inspired adaptations” of dresses in contemporary movies or worn by movie stars in the 1950s.

Barbara was a 1950 graduate of West Aurora High School, while husband Stanley graduated a year earlier, in 1949.  At the time of their marriage, Stanley was serving in the Marines.  Residing in Montgomery, the couple went on to raise 13 children.

Barbara donated her dress to the Aurora Historical Society in 2008, five years after donating Stanley’s uniform.

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