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Wedding dress and bag

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (possibly, made)
    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1936 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jean-Charles Worth (designer)
    Champcommunal, Elspeth (designer)
    Worth London (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    satin embroidered with silver thread and pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Belinda Harding

  • Museum number:

    T.277&A-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White satin wedding dress with a matching satin clutch bag.

Place of Origin

Paris (possibly, made)
London (possibly, made)

Date

1936 (worn)

Artist/maker

Jean-Charles Worth (designer)
Champcommunal, Elspeth (designer)
Worth London (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

satin embroidered with silver thread and pearls

Object history note

This dress was worn by the donor's mother in 1936. It is said to have come from Worth, although it has not been specified whether this was Worth London (under Elspeth Champcommunal, who joined the house in 1936), or Worth Paris (under Jean-Charles Worth).

The high-waisted, Regency-inspired styling of the dress is unusual as at this time most formal wedding gowns were made of form-fitting bias cut silk satin which clung closely to the figure. In addition to a long square ended train (not acquired) the dress was worn with long opera gloves, further enhancing the historic and period aspects of the design.

Production Note

While this dress is said to have come from Worth, it is not known whether this was the Paris house of Worth (under Jean-Charles Worth) or the London branch (for which Elspeth Champcommunal designed from 1936 onwards).

Materials

Silk (textile); Silver thread; Pearls (imitation)

Techniques

Embroidered; Beaded; Satin weave

Categories

Marriage; Fashion; Women's clothes; Clothing; Accessories

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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