Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece
Wedding Headpiece


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Clothing Accessories
Women's Clothing ➔ Wedding Headpiece

Identifier:
146430.4
Description:
This wedding headpiece accompanies wedding dress 146430, bouquet 146430.2, purse 146430.3, and veils 146430.5 and 146430.6.  It was used for Mrs. Vincent Sarnicola's wedding on April 19th, 1917.

This wedding dress belonged to Rose Mary "Rosie" Monterusso who married Vincent "Jim" Sarnicola on April 19th, 1947. As children, Jim would babysit Rosie while their mothers went out shopping. Years passed and Jim shipped out to the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return, he and Rosie began dating and soon got engaged. At the time, traditional wedding dress materials were very expensive so they decided to use parachute silk for Rosie's dress. Jim had a knack for art and sketched this design for his bride's dress. Jim and Rosie entered a contest called "Honeymoon in New York" and, because of the uniqueness of Rosie's dress, they won. They were featured on a live nationwide broadcast and when Jim's employer, Steelcase Inc. (then known as Metal Office Furniture Co.) heard, they shut down the entire operation to watch the broadcast. That was the only time in 75 years that employees initiated a shut down of production. An article written in the Grand Rapids Press in 2012 titled "More Than A Pretty Dress" discusses the history of Rosie's wedding dress. 
Date:
circa 1947
Materials:
Nylon Parachute
Dimensions:
7.75 in" h 22.25 in" w
Source:
Gift Of Mrs. Vincent J. Sarnicola
Rights:
Links:
https://heritage.steelcase.com/bitstream/handle/10980/2873/NA_022812_002.pdf?sequence=2
Makers/Donors
Mrs. Vincent J. Sarnicola
Rose Mary Monterusso married Vincent J. Sarnicola April 19 1947. In 2012 she worked at The Real Food Cafe on Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together, Rose and Vincent had three children. 

Mrs. Vincent J. Sarnicola
Rose Mary Monterusso married Vincent J. Sarnicola April 19 1947. In 2012 she worked at The Real Food Cafe on Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together, Rose and Vincent had three children. 

Vincent J. Sarnicola
Vincent J. Sarnicola married Rose Mary Monterusso on April 19 1947. He worked at Steelcase Inc. for 43 years before retiring. Together, he and Rose had three children. 
Related Place
Grand Rapids
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