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Wedding dress

Title:
Wedding dress
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Silk, beads, bobbin lace, metal
Dimensions: 
Part (bodice): 15 x 14 in. (38.1 x 35.6 cm) Part (waist): 28 in. (71.1 cm) Part (skirt): 41 x 57 in. (104.1 x 144.8 cm
Description: 
Cream silk wedding dress; corset style fitted bodice with deep pointed V-waistline; square neckline trimmed with cream silk cord and hand made bobbin lace in a floral and leaf pattern; back cut in a V-shape; puffed cap sleeves trimmed with the same lace; waistline trimmed with the cream cord; cream silk ribbon ties for the corset back; two metallic embroidered paraments with pearl and cloth covered beads appliquéd over the breast; unlined and boned interior; pleated and slightly bustled skirt with a long padded train; pleated and draped in the front producing an apron-like effect with a pleated ruffle around the bottom; interior pleated ruffle with machine-made bobbin lace under the outer ruffle and along the edges of the train; ten of the paraments also worn at the breast decorate the outer edges of the draped front; lined with a stiff cotton net; closed with metal hooks and eyes at the back.
Object Number: 
1978.63ab
Gallery Label: 
This wedding dress was worn on February 14, 1889 by the donor's mother, Mrs. E. Hayward Ferry.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group