This wedding dress was worn in 1841 by an unknown but fashionable bride. The period 1838-1841 was a transitional period during which full, puffed sleeves and short-waisted bodices gave way to a slimmer, elongated silhouette, as exemplified by this gown's long-waisted, form-fitting bodice with narrow sleeves. The sleeves and skirt are trimmed with gathered tulle and applied strips of braid and buttons. The cream silk satin fabric is figured with flower-baskets, stripes and floral sprays.

This was an extremely sophisticated dress for 1841. The low-cut neckline is an especially modish feature which appears in fashion plates of the decade. Many nineteenth century brides wore matching capes or pelerines over low-cut bodices, or covered exposed necks and upper chests with high-necked chemisettes.


  • Title: Wedding dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1841
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Circumference: 58 cm waist, Circumference: 80 cm bust, Width: 30 cm across back, Width: 35.5 cm shoulder to shoulder, Length: 32 cm bodice, Length: 137 cm overall length, Length: 105 cm skirt, Circumference: 332 cm hem, Length: 55 cm sleeve, Circumference: 14 cm wristband
  • Provenance: Given by Miss H. Bousfield
  • Medium: figured silk satin with net and lace trimming

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