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Pre-Raphaelite/ Medieval "The Accolade"
Wedding dress with satin bodice and chiffon hanging sleeves Chiffon and satin wedding gown inspired by the Accolade, shown with armoured knight! Crushed velvet cloak with hood lined in satin.

An ethereal, unashamedly romantic wedding gown, loosely based on the mediaeval costume in "The Accolade" by Pre-Raphaelite painter Edmund Blair-Leighton. Shown with a crushed velvet hooded cloak.

Wedding gown based on The Accolade

Above: the original Blair-Leighton painting of "The Accolade".

A full length image (centre) of the duchesse satin bodice with sumptuous multi-layered chiffon skirt and medieval style hanging (elveish) sleeves.

On the right, a detail of the waist beading and inner sleeve. The lightly corseted bodice is laced at the back to emphasise the waist.



Above: parents of the bride - also dressed by Rossetti; a shoulder and a belt detail.



For one bride we were inspired to use an intricately embroidered sari to reproduce the decorative hem effect shown in the original "Accolade" painting. (No-one seems able to decide if the goldwork shown in the original painting was a whim of the painter, a representation of embroidery, a woven fabric or gold beadwork - so it is fully open to individual interpretation!). The client also managed to find an antique Victorian pierced metalwork belt to use as an original hip girdle.



Emma was inspired by the original medieval-style "Accolade" gown, but also really suited the "Indira" style (right, and see index) with its Indian embroideries. 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 corseted bodice with back lacing was ideal for a small frame.

Many variations are possible on the "Accolade" theme.

A similar gown would be between £2300 to £3000 depending on fabrics and embellishments required -
this will all be discussed at the consultation stage.

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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.