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Wedding dress - Style W9737

Style W9737

  • Object:

    Wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)
    Italy (silk zibeline fabric, woven)
    China (silk organza fabric, woven)

  • Date:

    1996 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lepley, Phillipa, born 1965 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk zibeline, organza and man-made fibres

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Phillipa Lepley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ivory silk zibeline wedding dress with short sheer organza sleeves banded with silk. The petticoat linings are of man-made fibre. The dress is cut with a skirt in 5 panels extending into a train.

Place of Origin

England (made)
Italy (silk zibeline fabric, woven)
China (silk organza fabric, woven)


1996 (made)


Lepley, Phillipa, born 1965 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk zibeline, organza and man-made fibres

Object history note

This dress, style W9737, would originally have cost £920 plus VAT.

Phillipa Lepley opened her atelier in Fulham, London, at the age of 25. A press release of 1996 advertises herself as making hand-crafted wedding dresses. Her designs are described in the release as being "deceptively simple" and "minimalist". Adornments tend to be kept to a minimum and to consist of frogging (braiding), embroidery in neutral tones, or knots of velvet masquerading as buttons. Her customers in 1996 included the TV presenters Ulrika Jonsson, Julia Carling and Caron Keating. In response to demand for her to design clothes other than wedding dresses, she launched ready-to-wear and couture daywear and evening wear ranges in 1996.

Descriptive line

Silk zibeline wedding dress 'Style W9737' with short sheer organza sleeves, designed by Phillipa Lepley, England, 1996

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.

Labels and date

Phillipa Lepley's work exemplifies the current trend for understated and elegant dresses without veils. This dress has a simple boned bodice and a voluminous five-panelled skirt with train. Piping and translucent bands of organza provide discreet decorative touches. [1997]


Silk (textile); Organza




Marriage; Fashion; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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