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Wedding dress and shoes
  • Wedding dress and shoes
    Molyneux, Edward, born 1891 - died 1974
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Wedding dress and shoes

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (designed)
    1 September 1948 (worn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Molyneux, Edward, born 1891 - died 1974 (designer)
    Rayne (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cream silk moire, silk net, synthetic silk, and silk satin

  • Museum number:

    T.250 to E-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wedding dress in cream silk moiré with a full length, full skirt, closely fitted bodice and long tight sleeves. The neckline cut wide and low, with a knife-pleated bertha collar. Row of closely spaced covered buttons at wrists and back zipper. Two stiffened synthetic silk waist-petticoats, the top one in silk with a deep moiré flounce, the bottom a crinoline slip interlined with stiffening to support the skirt. Wedding veil of fine silk net attached to a cream satin band with elastic band. Matching cream silk moiré sandals, made by Rayne, with wrap-over effect peep-toe and button, low-ish heel and ankle straps.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1948 (designed)
1 September 1948 (worn)

Artist/maker

Molyneux, Edward, born 1891 - died 1974 (designer)
Rayne (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cream silk moire, silk net, synthetic silk, and silk satin

Object history note

This dress was worn by the fashion model Patricia Aileen Cunningham to marry the British couturier Charles Creed at the Assumption Convent, Kensington Square, on 1 September 1948. Feeling it would be inappropriate if he were to design her dress, Creed recommended his fellow British couturier, Edward Molyneux, to his wife.

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

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

Labels and date

Charles Creed decided that it was inappropriate for him to design his wife's wedding dress. Instead, he encouraged top model Pat Cunningham to patronise fellow couturier Edward Molyneux. The dress makes a virtue of simplicity: the focal point is the almost off-the-shoulder, shawl-like collar. Stark and elegant, it was the perfect foil for the bride's classic beauty. [1997]

Materials

Moire; Net; Artificial silk; Silk satin

Categories

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

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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