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Wedding dress - Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway

  • Object:

    Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and made)
    Lincoln (worn)

  • Date:

    early 1970 (made)
    21 March 1970 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Porter, Thea, born 1927 - died 2000 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine made lace with velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susanne Elliot

  • Museum number:

    T.46:1 to 3-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Thea Porter designed luxurious oriental-style dresses for an exclusive clientele including Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor. Born and brought up in the Middle East, she was inspired by antique silks, braids and beading, and brought her international look to London when she opened her boutique in Greek Street, Soho, in 1968.

The design of this dress was named after the actress Faye Dunaway, another faithful Thea Porter customer. It was one of the designer's most popular styles, made with many different textiles and trimmings.

Physical description

High-waisted dress, with high collar, full length, of machine made lace imitating needlelace, over a cream silk satin slip. The bodice made with a panel of striped devore velvet, and two bands of velvet ribbon at hem of dress. Veil in two pieces, of cream silk organza with scalloped edge, trimmed with velvet.

Place of Origin

London (designed and made)
Lincoln (worn)


early 1970 (made)
21 March 1970 (worn)


Porter, Thea, born 1927 - died 2000 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Machine made lace with velvet

Marks and inscriptions

'thea porter / london'
Printed textile label reading stitched inside collar of dress.


Length: 74 cm waist, Length: 139 cm nape of neck centre back, to hem, Length: 148 cm veil

Object history note

This dress was worn by Susanne Trill for her marriage to James David Elliot in Lincoln, 21 March 1970

Descriptive line

Wedding dress and veil, made by Thea Porter, designed and made in London, 1970


Silk (textile); Machine made lace; Organza; Velvet




Fashion; Marriage; Clothing; Textiles


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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