Housed at the Smithsonian, this wedding dress is made from a parachute.
In 1944, an American B-29 pilot named Maj. Claude Hensinger was returning with his crew from a bombing raid over Yowata, Japan, when the plane’s engine caught fire. After using his parachute to safely jump from the doomed aircraft, the chute further helped him to survive by providing shelter until he was rescued. After returning home from war to Pennsylvania, he proposed to his girlfriend Ruth in 1947, and she used the life-saving parachute as material for her wedding dress. Modelled on a dress which appeared inGone With The Wind, the skirt uses the original parachute strings, which Ruth pulled up in the front to create the train effect in the back.
Pretty damn cool.