Silk brocade gown and petticoat, silk covered straw hat and silk satin shoes, 1780 Worn by Jane Bailey for her marriage to James Wickham

Stunning vintage wedding dresses to go on display at the V&A

Silk brocade gown and petticoat, silk covered straw hat and silk satin shoes, 1780 Worn by Jane Bailey for her marriage to James Wickham

Cream and cornflower blue Military Dress worn by Catherine the Great, late 18th century. #Georgian #royals #fashion #dresses

Cream and cornflower blue Military Dress worn by Catherine the Great, late 18th century. #Georgian #royals #fashion #dresses

These dresses were made for the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo, Texas.   And they are generally worn by 17 year old girls.  Because no one else has a waist that small!

These dresses were made for the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo, Texas. And they are generally worn by 17 year old girls. Because no one else has a waist that small!

This gown demonstrates the fashionable styles in women’s formal dress of the 1780s. The hoop has changed from the square shape of earlier decades to a round profile. A stomacher is no longer needed, because the gown now meets in the front. The cream silk is adorned only at the edges with an embroidered band, ribbon and a stencilled fringe. This restraint in decoration illustrates the growing influence of the Neo-classical style in textile design.

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This gown demonstrates the fashionable styles in women’s formal dress of the 1780s. The hoop has changed from the square shape of earlier decades to a round profile. A stomacher is no longer needed, because the gown now meets in the front. The cream silk is adorned only at the edges with an embroidered band, ribbon and a stencilled fringe. This restraint in decoration illustrates the growing influence of the Neo-classical style in textile design.

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