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1886 white silk wedding dress side 1947.4163

Object Name: wedding dress

Date: 1886

Accession Number: 1947.4163
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • lace
  • cotton

White silk satin and lace bodice and skirt, lined with white twilled cotton.

Bodice features 8 pleats at the top, with the lower half trimmed with mock-lacing of brown silk ribbon. It fastens at right front with hooks and loops. There is lace edging either side of centre front panel, nearly all seams and darts are boned. A falling lace collar covers a narrow standing collar and the 3/4 length sleeves are trimmed with lace cuffs. The bodice is pointed at centre front and the centre back forms a pleated fan tail. Separate skirt opens to the left of centre and fastens with 4 hooks and eyes. It features 8 lace flounces at the front, the top half covered in satin drape. Train is scalloped with lace edge over a pleated self-frill. The underskirt features 4 rows of boning, 4 pairs of ties, and the back is lined with stiffened muslin, with one pocket on the right hand side.
Worn 21 July 1886 by bride aged 22.


Type: Bodice
Height: 37 cm

Type: Skirt front
Height: 102

Type: Skirt back
Height: 168

Type: Waist
Height: 63
Width: 63

Type: Hem
Height: 578
Width: 578