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Wedding Dress Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 1841 Artist/maker unknown, American, Quaker. Worn by Mrs. Isaac Paschall Morris (Rebecca Thompson). Ivory figured silk Length (Dress): 48 1/16 inches (122 cm) Width across shoulders (Dress): 18 1/2 inches (47 cm)
Moyen. Wedding dress, ca. 1880. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward Greenbaum, 1968 (2009.300.3323a–c)
Sarah Maria Wright wore this dress for her marriage to Daniel Neal on 27 July 1841 at St. Nicholas Church in Skirbeck, Lincolnshire. The dress reveals the type of clothing rural labourers wives might wear for their weddings. Such objects tend to survive in much smaller quantities than fashionable wedding dress as they would have been worn for Sunday best long after the event, or handed down.
Silk wedding dress (front), American, 1851. This wedding dress presents a conundrum: some stylistic aspects of the dress appear to be later than 1851. While the bodice has very fashionable full size pagoda sleeves, which were a new shape in 1851, the skirt with bustle, train and ruffles at bottom is more consistent with the 1870s rather than the dome shape of the 1850s. While it is possible that the skirt was re-made for a later bride, there is no obvious indication of that being the case.