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Wedding Dress

1963 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The stark simplicity of this streamlined wedding dress is unusual. A discreet decorative touch is provided by the self-fabric bow, which is placed centrally on the high-waisted half belt. The back of the dress, which falls from the shoulders, recalls 18th century sack-back styles. This dress featured in Victor Stiebel's final collection.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
moire silk
Brief Description
White moire silk wedding dress, designed by Victor Stiebel, England, Summer 1963
Physical Description
White moiré silk wedding dress designed by Victor Stiebel and made by J. Abraham, Switzerland. It has a medium-to-low neckline and plain bodice with straight elbow-length sleeves with self-fabric bow on a high-waisted half-belt. The dress is cut with a slightly high waist and the fabric of the skirt forms part of the Watteau back of the dress, which recalls 18th-century sack-back styles.



The dress is mounted on a boned silk foundation to which is attached an inner straight silk half petticoat on which is a tulle underskirt with additional frill and an organdie petticoat with its flounce backed with net. This fastens at the centre back with hooks, eyes and a zip fastener. There is a waist band, but no signature.
Dimensions
  • Circumference: 34in
  • Circumference: 23in
  • Centre front neckline to hem height: 144cm
  • Height: 193cm (Note: centre back )
The bust is 34 inches and the waist is 23 inches in circumference.
Marks and Inscriptions
'315 White Moiré wedding dress 39 225gn 99gn 79gn. Ex ATC gn, ACO grinc'. (Contents of paper label stitched to the inside of the dress.)
Gallery Label
The stark simplicity of this streamlined wedding dress is unusual. A discreet decorative touch is provided by the self-fabric bow, which is placed centrally on the high-waisted half belt. The back of the dress, which falls from the shoulders, recalls 18th century sack-back styles. This dress featured in Victor Stiebel's final collection.(1997)
Credit line
Given by Mr Victor Stiebel
Object history
Registered fille number 1963/2254. This dress featured in Victor Stiebel's final collection.



Historical significance: The dress was from Victor Stiebel's last collection, Summer 1963 after which he closed the business due to ill-health. It was the only dress that remained unsold, and was donated to the V&A by the designer. We also have the very first wedding dress that Stiebel designed in 1932, forty years earlier, (see T.71-1966), so it is fitting that his last wedding dress should be in the collection alongside it.
Summary
The stark simplicity of this streamlined wedding dress is unusual. A discreet decorative touch is provided by the self-fabric bow, which is placed centrally on the high-waisted half belt. The back of the dress, which falls from the shoulders, recalls 18th century sack-back styles. This dress featured in Victor Stiebel's final collection.
Bibliographic Reference
De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 . Victoria and Albert Publications, London, 1997, pp. 76 and 77.
Collection
Accession Number
T.169-1963

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record createdAugust 26, 2003
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