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Victorian Wedding Dress – 1870s

on June 13, 2010 – 3:09 am

This beautiful Victorian ivory/cream silk wedding gown was worn in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Both the bodice and skirt of the circa 1875-80 bridal gown are elegantly trimmed with lace frills and ruffles.

The cuirass bodice features a slightly square neckline outlined with three inch wide lace and self-fabric pleating. The bodice is boned at the front only and lined with ivory glazed cotton. It closes in the front with hook and eyes and is decorated with nine silk covered buttons. The elbow length sleeves are trimmed with a four inch lace frill and silk grosgrain ribbon bows. The lower edge of the bodice is also edged with a four inch lace frill.

The skirt of the bridal gown is gored and has a square cut 21 inch train. The skirt features a front panel of alternating horizontal panels of lace and self-fabric pleating. The skirt is lined with ivory/cream glazed cotton.

This Victorian wedding dress reflects the fashions of the mid-to-late 1870s. In 1878, a similar design gown was featured in Harper’s Bazaar as a “Bridal Toilette.”

Description: The long cuirass basque of this white faille dress is trimmed to simulate a square neck with gathered white lace, a box-pleated ruche of crepe lisse, and a garland of orange blossoms. On the left side of the waist is a long trailing spray of similar flowers. The trimming for the sleeves consists of lace, crepe lisse ruffles, and folds and bows of faille. Orange blossoms in the hair. Point lace veil.

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