Jewish wedding dress, 1935

Ivory silk crepe with applied gelatine sequins and glass beads

 1935 jewish wedding dress

Accession number WAG 2009.5

About the dress

During the 1930s, the elegant bias cut, so popular for evening dresses, was also used for wedding dresses. The clean lines of this style were perfect for a period in which form often took precedence over surface decoration. This dress is a good example of the type, with its slim column shape and softly draping cowl neckline. It is unadorned except for the applied motif on the left shoulder and the bands beneath the armholes, all of silver gelatine sequins and glass beads. It was worn with a floral headdress and a long, trained veil of silk net.

1935 annette rosenberg dress

Gerald Pearlman and Blanche Annette Rosenberg, 1935


Worn by Blanche Annette Rosenberg (1913-1992) for her wedding to Gerald Pearlman (1912-1986), at Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool, on 14 August 1935. The groom was a jeweller and the couple's families both came from Russia to settle in Britain in the 1900s. The Synagogue in Princes Road was designed and decorated by Liverpool architects W & G Audsley and is considered one of the most magnificent in Britain.

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