The Museum of Historical Costume

Wedding dress, 1879

The dress is made of golden satin, decorated with tulle netting and wax orange blossom.

It consist of two pieces: a bodice and trained skirt. The bodice has elbow-length sleeves and a small neckline decorated with layers of lace, pleated satin and tulle. The front side of the skirt is covered by silk net and decorated with little bouquets. The train and the edge of the skirt are adorned with a net and bows. The dress also has an original wax orange flowers wreath. The dress has undergone a thorough reconstruction. The original tulle was very damaged and infected, which is why we decided to remove it completely. A small amount of tulle has been preserved at the neckline and under the bouquets and bows, as well as in the seams around the skirt and sleeves. It allowed to recreate its original appearance. The bouquets and the wreath were cleaned and straightened.

This dress is a beautiful example of a wedding gown from the late 1870s.