Wedding dress; 1937; 1986/184/10


Wedding dress

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This full-length beige pink lace gown was worn as a wedding dress in 1937. It is characteristic of the mid-1930s, particularly the cowl neck with sewn-in weight. The long sleeves taper to the wrist with a peak extending over the hand, secured tightly with two domes and trimmed with crêpe in the same colour. The tops of the arms have deep gathers to create the high shoulder with a little bit of net to add shape. The lace fabric requires little additional embellishment but there is a band of ruching at the centre of the waistline. The dress is fitted over the hips, flaring out in the skirt before being gathered at the hem.

Dorothy Palmer wore this dress when she married Laurence Rickard in Christchurch in 1937. The dress was donated to the Museum by her daughter, the late Mrs Anthea Wooding in 1988.

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