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Wedding Dress
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Title: Wedding Dress
Identifier: T.66.72 a-b
Donor: Miss MacCallum via Mrs Frances Barneu
Item Date: 1870 - 1880
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A navy blue, silk wedding dress. In the bodice (T.66.72a) there are two rows of buttons, three buttons a row. The neck is plain, the sleeves are long. Each cuff is decorated with six buttons and trimmed with pleated material. The bodice forms a "widow peak" at the centre front and back, and is trimmed with tassels. The skirt (T.66.72b) is floor length and is made up of eight sections of material sewn together vertically. The skirt fastens at the back with a set of hooks and eyes. The front of the skirt has four rows of frills each attached by a horizontal band of cloth. A similar decoration is placed vertically halfway down the side of the dress. There is a bow of purple ribbon placed at the top of this decoration on each side of the dress.

The wedding dress is from Scotland.

A bride always wore her best dress on her wedding day. In 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and wore a white wedding dress, setting a precedent. The custom was soon adopted by the aristocracy, but it wasn't until the late nineteenth century (with the rise of department stores) that commoners were able to purchase a new white wedding dress. The custom of a bride wearing white on her wedding day is still a popular tradition in the Western World. Source:
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