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2003/59/1 Wedding ensembles (2), wedding outfit, going away outfit, including photographs (8), designed and made by Beril Jents/ photographs by John Hearder, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952. Click to enlarge.

Wedding ensembles, designed and made by Beryl Jents for Betty McInerney (nee Storman), 1952

Made by Jents, Beril in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952.

The wedding dress in this photograph, belonging to Betty McInerney (nee Stormon) has an excellent provenance and exemplifies the sheer extravagance of post war lifestyle and fashion in Australia.

Betty was a frequently photographed Sydney socialite. She became famous for her chic appearance and her role in Black and White Committee functions in the nineteen fifties and sixties which raised funds for the Royal Blind Society. Her wedding dress was the piece de resistance of Sydney couturier Beril...

Summary

Object No.

2003/59/1

Object Statement

Wedding ensembles (2), wedding outfit, going away outfit, including photographs (8), designed and made by Beril Jents/ photographs by John Hearder, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952

Physical Description

Wedding ensembles (2), wedding outfit, going away outfit, including photographs (8), designed and made by Beril Jents/ photographs by John Hearder, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952

Wedding dress: cream coloured wedding dress consisting of a long pencil-line silk satin dress with voluminous overskirt. The sleeveless bodice is draped over the bust with encased bones at each side seam and small loops of fabric to secure brassiere straps. The centre back opening fastens with a metal zipper and a metal hook and thread loop. There are small blue bows are attached inside the piped waistline [probably in reference to 'something borrowed, something blue']. The overskirt falls down towards the back from the waist as a satin peplum covered in clusters of satin and chiffon roses and leaves with faggoted edges. The peplum extends out at the back as a train. From the edge of this falls a stiff rayon taffeta circular underskirt then one of organza, both hems stiffened with wide crinoline bands. Over these is a top layer of many metres of circular frills of chiffon dropping from the peplum. The dress is hand and machine sewn and unlined.

Petticoat: the crinoline petticoat is in two parts and is made of cream calico with horizontal metal hoops and hem frill. It is structured in such a way as to support the peplum under the skirt.

Bridal cap: the bridal cap is made of cream satin over buckram stiffening, bordered with sprigs of self-coloured flowers and a voluminous silk net veil falling from the back. The cap secures to the head with two short lengths of black hat elastic.

Gloves: pair of women's wrist length gloves made of cream kid with pleated detail at the wrist and fastening with a single metal press stud. Inside are the numbers '9505' and '2292' written in ink.

Going-away dress: meltonian blue silk satin going away dress with long fitted sleeves and shawl collar. The right side of the collar and the two slash pockets at centre front at hip level are encrusted with beads and braid. The calf length straight skirt has a self overskirt and self covered belt lined with grey fabric. The dress fastens at the back with a zipper and the sleeves have zippers from elbow to wrist to create a perfect fit. The dress is machine and hand sewn and unlined. There is a matching, tight fitting slip made of blue silk jersey and trimmed with lace at bust and hem. The slip has adjustable shoulder straps, is machine sewn and unlined.

Box with lid: rectangular box made of paper covered cardboard, white on the box and printed yellow on the lid. Inside there are six white cotton ties to secure the dress in place.

Photograph: black and white, landscape format on glossy paper, shows the bridal party outside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney with large number of guests in the background.

Photograph: black and white, portrait format, show the bride and groom with the bridesmaids and grooms men, guests mill about in the background.

Photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows the bride and groom on steps of cathedral with a line of bridesmaids behind.

Photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows Beril Jents who is holding a fashion photograph, and Betty McInerney, Betty'e pose replicates that in the photo.

Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows the bride and groom posing in a studio with a bouquet of flowers behind them. The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.

Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows bride and groom on the steps of St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Wedding guests mill about in the background. The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.

Studio photograph: black and white, landscape format, shows the bride and bridesmaids in a studio setting. From left to right: Sheila Christie, Betty McInerney, Monica Gallagher, Therese Stormon, Shirley McDonald, Patricia Byrne (front). The photograph is mounted on a folded grey textured paper. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.

Studio photograph: black and white, portrait format, shows the bride in her wedding dress. The photograph is mounted on white cardboard in a folded buff paper cover. The photograph is signed in pencil 'John Hearder FIBP FRPS'.

Marks

Dresses, gloves, veil and petticoats: no marks.

Box: printed on lid 'GERMAIN ROCHER/PTY LTD./HAUTE COUTURE-MODES/TEL. 28 2016 (2 LINES) CABLE. ADDR. ROCHER, SYDNEY/THE TRUST BUILDING/155 KING STREET/SYDNEY'. Printed and inscribed on white paper sticker adhered to lid 'GERMAIN ROCHER/PTY LTD./HAUTE COUTURE-MODES/5th August 1970/Mrs M.O. Stormon/55 Abingdon Road/Roseville 2069/PLEASE RECEIVE FROM GERMAINE ROACHER/2 Boxes/March 2001/G-A-dress/bridesmaid's dress for Pat'. White sticker inscribed on side of lid 'MY "GOING AWAY"/DRESS'.

Photographs (2): stamped on back 'CONSOLIDATED PRESS LTD./COPYRIGHT/This photo cannot be used for reproduction advertising, or/commercial purpose, and cannot be copied, syndicated,/sold or rented without the permission of Consolidated/Press Limited, 108-173...illeg...Sydney'.

Photograph: stamped on back 'SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPH/NOT TO BE/REPRODUCED OR DISPLAYED/COMMERCIALLY/WITHOUT PERMISSION'.

Photograph: inscribed on back 'Keep for/Stan Gr...illeg...'.

Photograph: stamped on back 'DATE/PHOTO BY/John Hearder/CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY/142B KING ST./SYDNEY/BW 9508. XY 3708/PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE AS/ABOVE'.

Photograph: stamped on back 'NO/PHOTOGRAPH BY/John Hearder/CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY/51 CASTLEREAGH ST./SYDNEY/Please quote above number when ordering further copies'.

Production

Notes

Wedding gown designed by Beril Jents - 'It was the most complex gown I had ever made. I felt I had built rather than created this dress! The hand-made silk satin roses which spilled all over the peplum were so heavy we had to build a frame of twisted wire and chiffon in the shape of a half-moon to take the weight.'

Beril Jents made the wedding dress. John Hearder, photographer, now a studio in West Ryde. Enid Langby b1919 made five white organza bridesmaid dresses for the wedding but sadly none survive. 'It didn't matter what she wore' Mrs Langby said ' You could put her in a chaff bag and she would look good.'

Designed

Jents, Beril

History

Notes

Betty Stormon (6/9/1923 - 15/6/2011) wore the wedding gown on 31st May 1952 for her wedding to Bob McInerney at St Mary's Cathedral and at the reception at the Australia Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Betty was the elderst of five children born to Michael Storman, a doctor, and his wife, Molly. Molly's parents were Gulf of Carpentaria pioneers, Thomas and Mary Quilty. Betty attended Kincoppal school in Elizabeth Bay, after which she worked as a telephonist/receptionist for her father, who gave her time off to attend social events.

Her husband, Bob McInerney (22/8/1918 - 23/5/2014) was born in Haberfield, New South Wales and educated at De La Salle College in Ashfield and the University of Sydney, where he studied medicine. He served as a doctor with the 9th division in New Guinea and Borneo during WWII. Upon his return from war service, he worked in a casual capacity for the Mater Hospital, filling in for Betty's father when he was unavailable. He became a leading Sydney gynaecologist and obstretician, delivering seventeen thousand babies during his years of practice and pioneering the field in in utero blood transfusions. His contributions to the field of medicine were recognised with the CMG (Commander of St Michael and St Gregory) in 1977, the AM (Australia Medal) in 1980 and a Papal Honour, KCSG (Knight Commander of St Gregory the Great) in 1976.

By all accounts, Betty and Bob were a devoted couple. They met at a wedding reception in Killara in 1951 at which Betty's mother told her that was the man she should marry. Dr and Mrs Storman invited Bob to their home for dinner a week later. This was just weeks before Betty was embarking upon an overseas trip with girlfriends. Apparently, when she reached Melbourne, she had second thoughts about the trip, realising the intensity of her feelings for Bob, She called her father to tell him she was coming home, but he persuaded her that he would look after Bob and make sure he didn't get away. Following their honeymoom - a touring holiday around Tasmania, they bought a house in Castlecrag, where they lived for the next forty seven years.

Betty was well known for her creative flair which manifested in the interior decoration of her home and in her wardrobe. Apparently, she would attend a fashon show, go home and sketch what she had seen and make her own rendition of the garment. She won first place in the ballgown competition at the Black and White Ball three times. Betty's community involvement encompassed many areas including serving as President of the Ex Students association of her former school, Kincoppal, as a member of the St Margaret's Hospital Ladies Commitee and the Black and White Ball Commmittee, and as a performer in the Black and White Musical Reviews.

Betty suffered Alzheimer's disease and spent the final ten years of her life in St Anne's Nursing Home in Hunters Hill. Bob visited her there every day and spent the final nineteen hours of Betty's life by her bedside.


Information sources: Notes by family member in the Powerhouse Museum file, notes from a telephone conversation with Bob McInerney, recorded in Powerhouse Museum file, Sydney Morning Herald obituary of Betty Rose McInerney, 'Charm and charity on social circuit', July 5, 2011 and obituary of Robert James Furlong McInerney, by James B Roche, The Medical Journal of Australia, 2014; 210 (10): 613.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Dr and Mrs Bob McInerney, 2003

Acquisition Date

17 April 2003

Cite this Object

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Wedding ensembles, designed and made by Beryl Jents for Betty McInerney (nee Storman), 1952 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 September 2019, <https://ma.as/12131>

Wikipedia

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