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Pre-Raphaelite / Medieval "The Accolade"
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An ethereal, unashamedly romantic wedding gown, loosely based on the mediaeval costume in "The Accolade" by Pre-Raphaelite painter Edmund Blair-Leighton.

The sumptuous multi-layered skirt and medieval style hanging (elveish) sleeves contain many metres of ivory and cream silk chiffon.  The made-to-measure duchesse satin  bodice is fully boned with back lacing. 

Many variations on this theme are possible.
From £2300 to £3500  

Back lacing on the Accolade gown
Medieval style wedding dress based on the famous pre-raphaelite painting, The Accolade
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For one bride we were inspired to use the intricately embroidered hem of a sari to reproduce the decorative effect in the original "Accolade" painting. The client also managed to find an antique Victorian pierced metalwork belt to use as an original hip girdle.

Detail of sari embroidery which was used for the skirt, bodice and upper sleeves.

Please click on image to see an alternative Mediaeval design using sari embroideries.

  Emma was inspired by the original medieval-style "Accolade" gown, but also really suited the "Indira" style with its Indian embroideries (see above right). We combined the two gowns and reduced the quantity of elaborate embroidery which might have swamped her petite stature. This resulted in a romantic gown of midnight blue dupion with chiffon skirts and hanging sleeves, highlighted with gold. A lightly boned bodice with back lacing was ideal for a small frame.  


This design can be varied and individualised
to each made-to-measure order.

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Notes From The Designer

If you would love to wear the Pre-Raphaelite style for your Wedding you will probably find inspiration in such films as "Lord of the Rings" (Galadrial and Arwen's elven costumes), "First Knight" and "The Lion in Winter". To explain the look they are trying to achieve, many of my brides have referenced or shown in "mood boards" the costumes in "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves", "Legend", "First Knight" and "Merlin". The girl band "The Mediaeval Baebes" are often attired in fantasy style medieval gowns. Paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Waterhouse ("The Lady of Shalott", "St Cecilia", "Ophelia", "The crystal Ball", "The Enchanted garden"), and Edmund Blair-Leighton ("The Accolade", "Godspeed" , "The Call to Arms"), all offer timeless inspiration.