The William Morris
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16th and 17th Century
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| Couture Historical Bridal Gowns
||Restoration Wedding Dress
This 1660's gown was lengthy in construction! The bodice was cut and the slashed sleeves were constructed around 2000. There followed a brief interval (of around eight years!) where "real work" got in the way: brides, dancers...). Only recently (maybe inspired by Channel Four's wonderful "The Devil's Whore") I found I just had to finish the gown and two weeks later it is here!|
Typical of Restoration Court dress, the gown is made in a beautiful blue and gold silk brocade (other colour combinations available) with matching plain blue silks and satins and adornments of silk taffeta ribbon - very popular in the seventeenth century. An element of artistic licence was used with the representative shift sleeves (the undersleeve part), by using a silk rather than lawn or linen, but this seems appropriate to a wedding / court gown.
Authentic antique lace was used for the cuffs shown - availability will depend on stocks at the time of an order; alternatively, suitable modern versions can easily be sourced.|
See Lucy and Wendy's Pre-Raphaelite "Raffaella" gown for alternative colour variations of the brocade shown here.
Available colours are shown below.
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