Dress, designer unknown

Dress, designer unknown

Dress
Designer unknown
1870-3
Great Britain
Aniline dyed silk, lined with cotton, trimmed with satin and bobbin lace, reinforced with whalebone
Given by Mr Leonard Shields
Museum no. T.182&A-1914

According to the donor, this dress was worn by his mother on her wedding day. It could have been her 'going away' ensemble, or it could have been the dress she wore for the actual ceremony. Because weddings in those days took place in the mornings, daywear with long sleeves and high necks was the acceptable style. For her wedding a woman often wore a coloured dress that would serve as a ‘best dress’ for years to come.