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Wedding Dress

1879-1880 (made), 19/02/1880 (worn)
Place Of Origin

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

object details
Object Type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Wedding Bodice
  • Wedding Skirt
  • Wedding Train
Materials and Techniques
Silk satin, lace and net, lined with silk, imitation of pearls embroidery, velvet
Brief Description
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.
Physical Description
Wedding dress consisting of cream silk satin bodice and skirt and separate velvet train.
DimensionsDimensions taken by Conservation for Wedding Dress mounting, 2009
Production typeHaute couture
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by Mrs G. T. Morton
Object history
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.
Accession Number
T.62 to B-1976

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record createdAugust 21, 2008
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