Cream Wedding Dress of Silk Moire and Wool
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Title: Cream Wedding Dress of Silk Moire and Wool
Date: 1890 (circa)
Description: Two piece wedding dress of cream wool blend and silk moire with metal supports and closures. Bodice (a) of cream wool blend; boned; high-hip length; pointed waistline; two waist darts on each side in front; princess seams in back; lacing at center front; lining has hook and eye closures; juliet sleeves with puff at top and then straight; square neckline with standing collar supported with wire. Skirt (b) of cream wool blend; floor length; draped box pleats on center left with angled cascade effect; front panel of silk moire. Attached bustle panel (c) of cream wool blend; floor length; hooks across top; pleating at center back.
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There were several trends that brides subscribed to in the 1870s. Not only did they wear bustles and orange blossoms, a symbol of maidenhood and fertility, they also began to wear white. Though Queen Victoria wasnâ€™t the first bride to wear the color at her wedding, she was the one to popularize it in 1840. As Godeyâ€™s Lady Book noted a few years after the wedding, â€œCustom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material.â€ However, there were brides who continued to wear other colors, such as blue or the ivory of this dress, allowing them to reuse the garment.
- by Alexandra Figler â€˜16 and Holly Hummel