Object StatementWedding ensemble, including gown, gloves, shoes and wreath, satin / kid leather / lace / muslin / canvas / wax paper / cotton, maker unknown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Paris, France, worn by Mary Cameron Murray to her wedding to Varney Parkes, 1883
Physical DescriptionWedding gown of cream silk satin and lace. Floor length princess style dress with low draped bustle extending into train. Dress has high round neckline trimmed with lace and net, centre front fastening with row of 19 glass pearl buttons and handsewn buttonholes to hipline and wrist length sleeves trimmed at cuff with lace and net. An orange blossom spray in lace on left hand sleeve. The satin is arranged across front hips in five horizontal folds descending to five 140 mm lace flounces with band of ruched and pleated satin loosely gathered and ruched down train, caught by two tapes beneath. Bodice front is made in two pieces and the back in six pieces, it is lined with white cotton and boned at sides and front darts. The seams are machine sewn and hemmed with ribbon or slip stitched. the lining on the left side of the bodice is signed 'Miss Murray'.A inner waist band of linen tape fastens with hooks and measures 510 mm in circumference. The four gored skirt has multiple linings of stiffened muslin and double row of finely pleated lace edged muslin visible under hem.
Pair of three quarter length fine cream kid gloves, fastenings through to wrist with small glass buttons. Rolled edges with tape reinforcement under buttons. One seam to little finger, gussetted fingers, three darts over hand. Ends scalloped and pinked.
Pair of cream satin shoes with covered Louis heel, round toe and double satin bow. Fine leather sole, heavier leather capped heel. Interior sole and back half of shoe lined with white kid. Front half of shoes lined with canvas, edge reinforced with silk ribbon.
Three pieces of orange blossom wreath. Buds of wax over paper and cotton base, leaves of stiffened and painted fabric and fine white blossom, all bound on wire, padded with cotton in parts, with green paper and thread covering.
MarksThe lining on the left side of the bodice has been signed "Miss Murray" probably by the maker as the button reinforcing strip has been sewn over the top.