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Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)
    France (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1872-1874 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk gauze, trimmed with silk embroidered net lace, silk satin, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Felicity Ashbee

  • Museum number:

    T.68 to E-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wedding dress consisting of a bodice, skirt, sash, collar, cape and silk fragment.

The dress is of cream silk gauze with narrow opaque stripe, and trimmed with cream silk embroidered net lace. A three-quarters length bodice with flared sleeves and attached draped polonaise overskirt bordered with lace. The bodice fastens with hooks and eyes in the centre front and with a 'V' neck. Full length underskirt in the same gauze edged with three flounces of lace, with edges of lace attachment to the bodice and skirt tidied up with silk satin rouleaux, and an additional row of rouleaux on the sleeve edges. The bodice front and polonaise overskirt are trimmed with silk satin ribbon bows. Belt sash of silk satin lined with cream silk, and with a fastening centre front camouflaged with a satin bow. Large silk gauze and net lace bow supported with a stiff cotton gauze interlining and attached to the back of the belt. Accompanied by a matching striped silk gauze cape and separate collar, and a fragment of silk gauze.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)
France (probably, made)


ca. 1872-1874 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk gauze, trimmed with silk embroidered net lace, silk satin, lined with silk


Length: 161 cm neck to floor, front, Length: 181 cm including train, Length: 118 cm skirt front

Object history note

This dress was donated by Felicity Ashbee in 1962. It was found amongst the effects of her family and was stated to have come from the Seebohm banking family, who were Quakers.

Genealogical research in 2008/09 revealed that the bride who wore this dress was Lucretia Crouch, who married Benjamin Seebohm at the Friend's Meeting House in Clevedon, 10 September 1874.

Descriptive line

Wedding dress consisting of a silk gauze and blonde lace bodice, skirt, silk satin sash, collar, cape and silk fragment, probably made in Great Britain or France, ca. 1872-1874

Labels and date

Dress for a Quaker wedding

Quakers in Britain varied in their approach to dress. In general they favoured mainstream styles, wishing to appear well-dressed without standing out. Lucretia Crouch adopted this course when she married Benjamin Seebohm at the Friends' Meeting House in Clevedon in 1874. Her husband, a bank manager, was a widower with a young daughter.

Dress (bodice, skirt and sash): silk gauze trimmed with machine-made lace and silk satin
Given by Felicity Ashbee
V&A: T.68 to B-1962 [2011]


Gauze; Satin; Silk lace


Marriage; Fashion; Women's clothes; Quaker; Embroidery; Lace; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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