Cultural Objects, Textiles

Wedding Dress

Maker/Creator: Octavia Pack Dickerson Janney
Associated Person: Cora Janney Dickerson
Floyd (Courthouse District)

Crepe material

  • Length of skirt: 29 inches
  • Waistline: 33 inches

This black crepe dress has a sash sewn from the same translucent material. The dress collar, cuffs, and front placket are trimmed with lace. The dress buttons are decorated with rhinestones; the buttons on the sash and cuffs are a different but compatible design. At some point the skirt was patched along the front hem with a remnant of the original material (photo on the left). An undergarment, also of a translucent black fabric, completes the outfit.

Wedding dress, crepe material
Bio Sketch

Octavia Pack (1884-1958) was the daughter of Isham and Louisa Cockram Pack of Patrick County. In 1903 she married Peter Dickerson. She later married Creed Janney and their daughter Cora Janney Dickerson was born in 1911. Cora also wore this dress and may have made some alterations to it.