Court Dress Ensemble

13 September 1913 (worn)
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Court dress of white silk satin overlaid with cream silk gauze with a gold metallic brocaded design. Short sleeves, bodice draped with bobbin lace in a 17th century style design. A panel of the same lace runs down the front of the skirt. Elaborate tassels of gold and white glass beads. Long court train of white tulle over white satin with a large assymetrical gold metallic lamé and Honiton applique net lace ornament at the end of the train and edged with gilt lace. Worn with white satin shoes, striped white silk stockings, white kid gloves, and for Court wear, a headdress comprising three white ostrich plumes attached to a tulle veil.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 9 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Court Dress
  • Wedding Dress
  • Train (Costume Component)
  • Shoe
  • Shoe
  • Stocking
  • Stocking
  • Headdress
  • Glove
  • Glove
Materials and Techniques
brocaded silk gauze, beads, gold and linen bobbin lace, silk satin, ostrich feathers, tulle
Physical Description
Court dress of white silk satin overlaid with cream silk gauze with a gold metallic brocaded design. Short sleeves, bodice draped with bobbin lace in a 17th century style design. A panel of the same lace runs down the front of the skirt. Elaborate tassels of gold and white glass beads. Long court train of white tulle over white satin with a large assymetrical gold metallic lamé and Honiton applique net lace ornament at the end of the train and edged with gilt lace. Worn with white satin shoes, striped white silk stockings, white kid gloves, and for Court wear, a headdress comprising three white ostrich plumes attached to a tulle veil.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
Reville & Rossiter Ltd 15 & 16 Hanover Square W (1912) (Label on waist stay inside bodice)
Credit line
Given and worn by Mrs. C.H. Baden-Powell
Object history
"A beautiful Court dress - train, feathers, re: my own wedding and Court dress made by Reville & Rossiter of Hanover Square for a May Court in 1914." (From donor's letter, dated 24 November 1926)



Worn by Cicely Hilda Farmer for the occasion of her marriage to Henry Warington Smyth Baden-Powell (the brother of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement), on September 13 1913, at All Saint's Church, Knightsbridge; and subsequently worn afterwards for her presentation at Court as a married woman in May 1914.
Collection
Accession Number
T.109-1927

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