Wedding Dress thumbnail 1
Wedding Dress thumbnail 2
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Fashion, Room 40

This object consists of 2 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Wedding Dress

ca. 1851 (made)
Place Of Origin

White cotton muslin dress and cotton petticoat.

object details
Object Type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Dress
  • Petticoat
Materials and Techniques
Cotton muslin lined with linen, and sleeves trimmed with bobbin lace
Brief Description
Cotton wedding dress and petticoat, made in England, ca. 1851
Physical Description
White cotton muslin dress and cotton petticoat.
  • Overall height, neck to hem, centre back height: 1425mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Bodice height, neck to waist, centre back height: 400mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Bodice opening, neck to waist, centre front length: 320mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Bust, interior circumference below armscye circumference: 885mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Waist interior circumerference circumference: 710mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Armscye interior circumference circumference: 350mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Sleeve length, top of armscye to cuff length: 605mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Cuff interior circumference circumference: 160mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
  • Bottom hem, interior circumference circumference: 3660mm (Maximum) (Note: Measured by conservation)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Bessie Miller
Object history
The dress and petticoat are associated with a horsehair lace bonnet (T.366-1988). The ensemble is linked with the marriage of Eliza Sneath to Joseph Candlin in Sheffield in 1851.

However, the petticoat does not correspond with the overdress, as the sleeves are too long for the lace-trimmed lining of the dress bodice and would hide the detail of the lace edging on the lining. It is a nice and rare example of an utilitarian full petticoat of the period.
Associated Object
T.366-1988 (Ensemble)
Accession Number

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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