“Complex works of art,” curator Sheryl Peters said of wedding gowns dating from about 1906 to 1915. In this, our first dress, the lace around this collar is the most delicate I have ever seen. It looks as if it would dissolve if I breathe on it. Silk cord runs just above it, at the top of the collar, and also below the lace. It is looped. That same silk cord is pulled through net elsewhere on this dress to make elaborate designs on the bodice, cuffs and the belt.