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Court dress ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    13 September 1913 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reville and Rossiter (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    brocaded silk gauze, beads, gold and linen bobbin lace, silk satin, ostrich feathers, tulle

  • Credit Line:

    Given and worn by Mrs. C.H. Baden-Powell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Court dress of white silk satin overlaid with cream silk gauze with a gold metallic brocaded design. Short sleeves, bodice draped with bobbin lace in a 17th century style design. A panel of the same lace runs down the front of the skirt. Elaborate tassels of gold and white glass beads. Long court train of white tulle over white satin with a large assymetrical gold metallic lamé and Honiton applique net lace ornament at the end of the train and edged with gilt lace. Worn with white satin shoes, striped white silk stockings, white kid gloves, and for Court wear, a headdress comprising three white ostrich plumes attached to a tulle veil.

Place of Origin

London (made)


13 September 1913 (worn)


Reville and Rossiter (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

brocaded silk gauze, beads, gold and linen bobbin lace, silk satin, ostrich feathers, tulle

Marks and inscriptions

Reville & Rossiter Ltd
15 & 16 Hanover Square W
Label on waist stay inside bodice

Object history note

"A beautiful Court dress - train, feathers, re: my own wedding and Court dress made by Reville & Rossiter of Hanover Square for a May Court in 1914." (From donor's letter, dated 24 November 1926)

Worn by Cicely Hilda Farmer for the occasion of her marriage to Henry Warington Smyth Baden-Powell (the brother of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement), on September 13 1913, at All Saint's Church, Knightsbridge; and subsequently worn afterwards for her presentation at Court as a married woman in May 1914.


Gauze; Satin; Beads; Metallic lace; Bobbin lace; Lace; Ostrich feathers; Lamé


Fashion; Clothing; Formal wear; Marriage; Royalty; Ceremonial objects; Hats & headwear; Footwear; Accessories

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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