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Wedding dress
  • Wedding dress
    Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895
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Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)
    London (worn)

  • Date:

    1879-1880 (made)
    19/02/1880 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, lace and net, lined with silk, imitation of pearls embroidery, velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs G. T. Morton

  • Museum number:

    T.62 to B-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wedding dress consisting of cream silk satin bodice and skirt and separate velvet train.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)
London (worn)

Date

1879-1880 (made)
19/02/1880 (worn)

Artist/maker

Worth, Charles Frederick, born 1825 - died 1895 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, lace and net, lined with silk, imitation of pearls embroidery, velvet

Object history note

Worn by Clara Mathews, the grandmother of the donor for her marriage at St George's Hanover Square on 19th February 1880 to Colonel Hugh Stafford. She was a natural daughter of Isaac Merritt Singer, the sewing machine pioneer.

Descriptive line

Wedding dress consisting of bodice, train and skirt of embroidered satin and velvet, designed by Worth, made in Paris and worn in London, 1879-1880.

Labels and date

Pearl-trimmed dress and ankle boots
Charles Frederick Worth (1825-95)
Paris
1880

Charles Frederick Worth was Paris's leading dressmaker. He had an international clientele and his extremely costly designs were particularly admired by wealthy Americans like Clara Mathews, who chose this dress. Faux pearls were a newly fashionable trimming for wedding gowns. The dress was supplied with a separate train, which brides began to wear in the mid-1870s.

Dress: silk satin with machine-made lace, beading and embroidery
Ankle boots: silk satin and leather
Given by Mrs G.T. Morton
V&A: T.62&B to D-1976 [2011]

Materials

Silk satin; Velvet; Lace; Net; Pearls (imitation)

Categories

Fashion; Marriage; Clothing; Embroidery; Women's clothes; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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