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Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Woolf, Aida (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, glass beads embroidered on net, lace lined with tulle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs B. Rackow

  • Museum number:

    T.856&A-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wedding dress of ivory silk satin, beads embroidered on net and lace, and with a tulle train.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1914 (made)

Artist/maker

Woolf, Aida (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, glass beads embroidered on net, lace lined with tulle

Object history note

Worn by Phyllis Blaiberg, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Blaiberg of Edgar Lodge, 123 Maida Vale, London. for her marriage to Bertie Mayer Stone at the Bayswater Synagogue, Chichester Place, London on Wednesday 9th September 1914 at 2.30pm. Afterwards, the reception was held in the Regent Suite at the Great Central Hotel, on Marylebone Road, London, from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.

The following announcement was printed in The Jewish Chronicle, September 18th 1914, pg.1:
"Blaiberg; Stone - On Wednesday the 9th of September, 1914, at the Bayswater Synagogue, by Rabbi Dr. H. Gollonzc, assisted by the Revs. D Keain and A. Barnett, Phyllis, daughter of Mr and Mrs Blaiberg, Maida Vale, and Bertie Mayer, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Stone, Joahannesburg."

According to the donor of another Aida Woolf designed wedding dress in the collection, the dressmaker was an extremely high-class and exclusive London couturier of the period and a rival of Reville and Rossiter, who made the Princess Royal's wedding dress. Woolf's clientele, many of whom were renowned for their sense of fashion, insisted on absolute exclusiveness of design. This precluded any publication in contemporary fashion magazines of Aida Woolf designs. This lack of documentation and media attention has meant that Aida Woolf has become largely forgotten, although in her day she was clearly highly regarded by her clientele.

Aida Woolf was born in 1886 in Mile End, London, the daughter of Emmanuel Wolf, a commercial traveller. and Sarah Wolf. The family, with Aida and two younger children. lived in 70 Lincoln Street, London, in 1891. On the 1891 census her name is spelled Ada Wolf. In 1901 Woolf was an apprentice dressmaker in Hackney who lived at home. She married a Mr. Benjamin in 1914 in St Marylebone

Descriptive line

Wedding dress of silk satin with a tulle train, designed by Aida Woolf, London, 1914

Labels and date

Beaded dress and train
Aida Woolf (1886-1967)
London, 1914
Shoes: Peter Robinson

This short-sleeved silk and lace dress is embellished with glass beads. It demonstrates the growing influence of evening wear on bridal clothes. The dress's materials, layered construction and scalloped hemline, and particularly the bow on the train, were all the height of fashion.

Dress: silk and machine lace embroidered with glass beads
Train: machine lace lined with silk tulle, embroidered with glass beads, with replica bow and pleated frill
Shoes: silk brocade and leather
Given by Mrs B. Rackow
V&A: T.856 to C-1974 [2011]

Materials

Lace; Tulle; Silk

Categories

Marriage; Judaism; Fashion; Women's clothes; Lace; Embroidery; Textiles

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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