This wedding gown was made from curtain material during the war when clothing and clothing materials were rationed, whereas curtain material was not. The gown was worn by the late Mrs Cowie. The trend for white wedding dresses started in 1840 with the union of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prior to Victoria’s wedding, most brides wore whatever fashionable hue they wanted, since they were likely to wear the dress on other occasions. However, mass-media coverage of Victoria’s wedding made her style an instant sensation, influencing brides to this day. If you have more information about this wedding dress that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Heritage Collection reference 1979.200.1.
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