Wedding Dresses by Gale

After a rugged winter, Spring is here! And it is inspiring lovers! In just the last week I heard of three wedding engagements of young women I know. This got me reminiscing about the wedding ensembles I have made for sisters and friends over the years. I thought you might like to see them.

Lida Orzeck Wedding Photo 1970 Suede Applique dress by Gale Epstein

Lida’s 1970 Suede Appliqué Wedding Ensemble


My BFF and future business partner, Lida, got married during my suede appliqué period in the fall of 1970 seven years before Hanky Panky was conceived. White suede with pink and green etched and appliqued suede blooms.

Mopsy's 1983 wedding in Central Park

Mopsy’s 1983 wedding in Central Park

Mopsy's 1983 Embroidered Linen Wedding dress by Gale Epstein

Mopsy’s 1983 Embroidered Linen Wedding Dress (And sisters!)


After nuptials in the Rabbi’s study on 5th Avenue, my sister Mopsy had the most charming, intimate gathering in Central Park on a perfect day in June of 1983. The dress was made of hand-embroidered linen handkerchiefs combined with fine linen. We all walked over to Cafe des Artistes for dinner and were seated at the table next to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. *Swoon*

Lida's 1983 Embroidered Chiffon Wedding Dress

Lida’s 1983 Embroidered Chiffon Wedding Dress


Lida’s second dress, fall 1983: This was my hand-embroidered chiffon scarf phase which evolved out of the handkerchief designs for our company. A version of this dress and cover was a peignoir set available in the Hanky Panky collection.

Deb's 1987 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown by Gale Epstein

Deb’s 1987 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown


My sister Debby was married in Charleston, SC in September of 1987. I made her dress from ivory charmeuse and a beautiful Leavers lace that I was also using for Hanky Panky creations at the time.

Nancy's 1996 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown by Gale Epstein

Nancy’s 1996 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown

The Epstein Sisters at Nancy 1996 Wedding

The Sisters Epstein at Nancy’s 1996 Wedding


Nancy is Debby’s identical twin. I made her a very different dress of similar components when she married in the summer of 1996 in our hometown of St. Louis.

Toody's 1996 Stretch Lace, Tulle, and Baling Twine (!) Wedding Ensemble by Gale Epstein

Toody’s 1996 Stretch Lace, Tulle, and Baling Twine (!) Wedding Ensemble


Toody is a close equestrian friend. I was thrilled that she wanted something unusual for her outdoor farm wedding in the fall of 1998. Her long sleeved, funnel neck, lacy top and cotton/Lycra tank underneath were from the Hanky Panky collection at the time. I made a skirt from many layers of tulle. For the last last layer I sewed hemp hay-baling twine around the hem, while pulling the tulle, to create a frothy effect. Under that top layer were randomly attached fall leaves.

Sara's Ruffled Chiffon 2003 Wedding Dress by Gale Epstein

Sara’s 2003 Ruffled Floral Chiffon Wedding Dress


The daughter of a mutual friend of Lida and mine, Sara’s outdoor Adirondack summer 2003 wedding called for a soft chiffon floral print with lots of ruffles. So romantic.

-Gale Epstein, Co-founder, Creative Director & President

About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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