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Wedding Dress

Artist/Maker

This bespoke wedding dress was designed by Matthew Williamson for close friend and former employee Rosanna Falconer on the occasion of her wedding to George Ryan in 2018. The dress was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera and designed with the outdoor Cotswolds setting in mind. The sleeveless lace dress is fastened with silk covered buttons down the centre back and embroidered with polychrome flowers in the signature colourful palette for which Williamson is known. These flowers were selected by the bride, rendered by embroiderer Victoria Sanders and then worked in a specialist embroidery workshop in India. There are also several appliquéd lily-of-the-valley motifs which were taken from the bride's mother's wedding dress.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, lace, embroidery
Brief Description
Silk lace wedding dress with polychrome embroidered flowers.
Physical Description
Sleeveless silk wedding dress with deep v-back, covered silk button fastenings down the centre back and a large puddle train. The dress is made of an off-white lace ground lined with crepe de chine and embroidered with polychrome flowers. The flowers are worked in silk thread with beading and diamante embellishment.
Dimensions
  • Shoulder to hem length: 260cm (Note: This measurement was taken from the top of the shoulder strap to the end of the train of the dress so it is the full length of the garment lying flat or hanging.)
Production typeUnique
Credit line
Gift of Rosanna Ryan nee Falconer
Object history
This bespoke wedding dress was created for Rosanna Falconer, digital fashion consultant and founder of FashMash (https://www.fashmash.co.uk/), who previously worked as a brand consultant for fashion designer Matthew Williamson. Inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera, Rosanna Falconer worked closely with the designer to choose the selection of garden flowers to be embroidered on the train of the dress. These were then interpreted and rendered by embroiderer Victoria Sanders and completed in India by a studio with whom Williamson regularly worked . There are also several appliquéd lily-of-the-valley motifs taken from the bride’s mother’s wedding dress. The dress received much press coverage in the wake of the donor’s 2018 marriage to George Ryan, which was held at an outdoor setting at the bride’s Cotswolds family home.
Association
Summary
This bespoke wedding dress was designed by Matthew Williamson for close friend and former employee Rosanna Falconer on the occasion of her wedding to George Ryan in 2018. The dress was inspired by Botticelli's Primavera and designed with the outdoor Cotswolds setting in mind. The sleeveless lace dress is fastened with silk covered buttons down the centre back and embroidered with polychrome flowers in the signature colourful palette for which Williamson is known. These flowers were selected by the bride, rendered by embroiderer Victoria Sanders and then worked in a specialist embroidery workshop in India. There are also several appliquéd lily-of-the-valley motifs which were taken from the bride's mother's wedding dress.
Collection
Accession Number
T.2-2021

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record createdMarch 16, 2021
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