Wedding dress, 1913

Cream wool cashmere and silk and gold thread brocade, with overbodice of machine-made lace

1913 wedding dress

Accession number 1966.345.1

About the dress

Wedding dresses made in the rather theatrical, artistic style, made popular by the French designer Paul Poiret in the years before the First World War, are relatively rare. This is a good example, obviously influenced by Poiret's designs for dresses with draped skirts and layered bodice tops.

The batwing-shaped sleeves and draped skirt with fishtail train are made from a silk and gold thread brocade. The main bodice is of cream wool cashmere, edged with a border of embroidered gold thread, with a high-necked overbodice of machine-made lace on a net ground. The cashmere waistband is embroidered with gold metallic thread. The bride also wore a large black velvet picture hat with wide brim and ostrich feather trim.

History

Worn by Anne Stringer Dawson for her wedding to the artist James Ardern Grant at St Mark's Church, Birkenhead, on 31 December 1913. Both bride and groom were from Birkenhead and met while students at Liverpool Art School. Anne's wedding dress, by an unknown maker, reflects her artistic tastes.

Presented by Mr Ian Grant