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Wedding dress

Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1821 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk, satin and gauze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses F. and M. Mold

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White silk wedding dress trimmed with double bands of satin rouleaux and partial flouncing of satin round hem, short puffed sleeves trimmed with satin buttons overlaid with fuller silk gauze oversleeves and bodice accented with slashes bordered with piping and backed with silk. Has insertions and trimmings of pale lilac ribbon and cream-coloured silk gauze. The bodice is cut low at the neck and the waist is high. The skirt is long with a double row of narrow flounces round the bottom.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1821 (worn)



Materials and Techniques

silk, satin and gauze


Length: 147 in, Circumference: 24 in waist, Width: 13 in between shoulders, Weight: 0.54 kg

Object history note

An original note accompanying this dress and pasted into the acquisiton register notes that this dress was worn by Sophia Donaldson for October 1821. The word October is slightly illegible and open to interpretation. There is a record of a Sophia Donaldson having married William Artindale in 1821, on December 17th at Kingston-upon-Hull. Registered File number 1929/7984.

Descriptive line

White silk wedding dress trimmed with satin and silk net oversleeves; England, worn in 1821.


Silk; Satin; Gauze


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


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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