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“(My dress) is made out of a parachute from the war,” Cox says, pointing to a picture of her and her husband, Kenneth, from their wedding day in 1949.What makes Cox’s gown even more memorable is that it came from the Army base where she was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., during World War II. Both she and her late husband (Kenneth died in 1988) served in the military.”When they were disbanding everything at the base, they were giving a lot of stuff away,” Cox recalled, “and they knew I was interested in dancing and that I sewed. In those days the parachutes were made of silk. So they gave me an armful of them.”Cox pointed to specific areas of the dress. “That lace came from a hat of my grandmother’s,” she said. “My mother made this dress.”Cox, like her future husband, grew up on Chicago’s West Side during the Depression. They knew each other in high school, but didn’t start dating seriously until after the war.
“(Kenneth) went on reconnaissance missions on B-29s,” she said. “He was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. There were 10 of them on the mission. They rescued seven and three were lost. Kenneth was in the ocean with just a life vest overnight. I said it’s a good thing he was a good swimmer!”Her wedding gown is just one piece of wartime memorabilia in her southwest suburban home. Cox’s living room is filled with model planes, war books and photographs of favorite memories.”That’s a B-17,” she says,evening amongst their renowned collectionTaffeta sweatheart Embroidery beaded a-line Quinceanera Dresses. pointing to a model airplane on an elevated shelf before turning to photos of herself. “Here I am when I went into the Army Air Corps in New Mexico. I was 21.The options for partying are all but limitlessWhite tulle beaded ball gown wedding dressesAnd there I am at the roller rink in Colorado when I was stationed in Colorado Springs. I loved skating. I started when I was 19 and I skated until I was about 83.New Year’s Eve and its built-in excuse to get dolled up are coming2014 New Arrivals Special Occasion Dresses.”

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