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Wedding dress and veil

Wedding dress and veil

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ian & Marcel (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pleated silk and silk net with rubber decoration

  • Museum number:

    T.178:1 to 5-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White pleated silk column dress and matching coat with white beads separating the fabric joins, the dress and coat contained in a non-accessioned white silk bag with rubberised art Deco style design. The veil, of net, is also decorated with rubberised stylized roses around the outer edge and in the centre, creating a wreath effect on the head.Worn with high heeled strapped shoes covered in pleated silk

Place of Origin

London (made)


1989 (made)


Ian & Marcel (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Pleated silk and silk net with rubber decoration

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1993/263.

Descriptive line

Wedding dress and veil, pleated silk and silk net with rubber decoration, designed by Ian and Marcel; pair of shoes by Hannah Goldman for Ian and Marcel, 1989

Labels and date

Dress, coat and veil with rubber roses
Ian & Marcel [Ian Cooper (d.1991) and Marcel Aucoin (d.1992)]
London, 1989
Shoes: Hanna Goldman

This outfit by Ian & Marcel uses impressive craftsmanship to merge tradition and innovation. The dress and coat pay homage to the hand-pleated silk garments created by Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) but conform to a more contemporary silhouette. The bride wore them with a veil, but instead of a wreath the designers drew a circlet of roses in silicone rubber on the veil's surface.

Dress and coat: silk satin and glass beads
Veil: silk net with silicone rubber
Shoes: silk and leather
V&A: T.178:1 to 5-1993 [2011]


Silk jersey; Silk chiffon; Rubber


Fashion; Marriage; Clothing; Women's clothes; Hats & headwear

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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