Photo Courtesy Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Marie (Mrs. Andrew F.) Schoeppel of Wichita wore this ivory silk crepe evening dress to the inaugural reception held on January 20, 1943, to celebrate the beginning of her husband¿s four-year term as governor of Kansas. The dress is rather plain, a result of wide-spread shortages, with the emphasis on the broad, padded shoulders. Silk dresses were somewhat rare during World War II. As a vital war material, silk was used in the manufacture of parachutes, gunpowder sacks, and maps. Rayon, a manufactured fiber made of cellulose, was often substituted for dress goods.