Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vintage Wedding Dress

 I recently attended a tea and vintage fashion show with my sister and one of our friends.  This isn't the kind of activity we usually do, but this was for a special reason.

When our parents passed away, we were faced with cleaning out their house.  To put it lightly, our mom was a packrat!

One decision that we had to make was about our great-great grandmother's wedding dress. Neither of us had the room to store it, and we just couldn't bring ourselves to take it apart to use it for anything else.

We decided to donate it.  We offered it to the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.  They turned it down, because there wasn't a "Seattle connection" to the dress.

Finally, my sister found a woman who puts on vintage fashion shows.  She was thrilled to take the dress, and even gave us more information about it.

The dress is from the 1870's, made of satin and beaded brocade.  We know that my great-great grandmother was a servant in a castle in Scotland.  The dress would not be affordable to a servant, so it was most likely a gift from her employer.

The dress is made in three pieces; the bodice, skirt and train.  It was stored in a cardboard box before it came to my mom, but amazingly, it's in very good condition.

Although I'm sure that my mom would have liked for one of us to keep the dress, I think that she'd be pleased that it's being preserved and appreciated.

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Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

This is a drop dead gorgeous dress!
Stunning and such a treasure to have!
Thanks so very much for sharing it with us!


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my goodness!

That is so a wesome you found someone who will cherish and protect that gorgeous dress!

What a GREAT idea!

And what an amazing dress, it is STUNNING.

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Very cool dress!!

Marianne C. said...

An absolutely stunning dress!! So sad that you had to part with it. I think it would have been grand for someone some day to be able to say "This was my great-great-great-great grandmother's". But as you say, it will be well taken care of.

The model is so pretty in it.


Paige Thomas King said...

i am glad you found someone who could appreciate the dress. i think if i had it--i would put it on at least once/week!