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Wedding dress

Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1859 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, trimmed with chenille, silk fringe, gilt metal, lined with silks and linen, boned, padded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs H. P. Statham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pale gold-beige silk wedding dress consisting of a bodice and skirt. The silk is woven 'en disposition' with a design of formal floral bouquets surmounting a scalloped border.

The bodice fastens down the centre front with buttons. Frills of the same fabric is arranged in a 'V' formation on the bodice, the ends are weighted with tassels, the flared pagoda sleeves are lined in silk, the bodice is lined with linen, and edged with grey and brown chenille braid and silk fringe. High round neck. Boned. The front is padded at the bosom. Pearl buttons set in gilt metal.

The flounced skirt has an interior system of brass rings with brown braid threaded through and a cast pewter button which, when pulled, raises the skirt for walking. Flat panel at the centre front and the rest is set in double box pleats. Grosgrain waistband fastening at the side and a watch pocket at the waist. Lined with glazed cotton. At the hem is a brown brush braid. Stitched inside the lining are two rows of brass rings through which run two systems of narrow brown braid with a cast pewter button. Pocket at the left hip and tape loops on either side of the waistband for hanging up the skirt.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1859 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, trimmed with chenille, silk fringe, gilt metal, lined with silks and linen, boned, padded

Object history note

On donation this dress was associated with the marriage of Elizabeth Manks to "Mr Crossley" in about 1860, at Elland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, England. She was described as an ancestress of the donor.

Preliminary research has revealed that an Elizabeth Manks (b.1836) married Alfred Oakley Pollard (b.1839) on 9 January 1860 in Halifax. Elizabeth was 24, and Alfred was 21. The bride's name, date of the wedding, and the geographic location match, which suggests that the groom's name "Oakley" may have been misremembered or misheard as "Crossley".

Descriptive line

Silk wedding dress consisting of a bodice and skirt, England, 1859


Silk; Chenille; Fringe


Marriage; Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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