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86/647 Wedding gown, comprising skirt, train, and bodice, womens, silk brocade / satin / lace, maker unknown, Australia, 1883, worn by Elizabeth Jane Howard (nee Smith), Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 1883. Click to enlarge.

Wedding gown worn by Elizabeth Jane Howard (nee Smith)

Made
Wedding gown in three pieces, bodice, skirt and train. The bodice is of beige ribbed silk brocaded in yellow and white. There are lace ruffles at the neck, sleeves and waist and the front fastens with 11 covered buttons and buttonholes. A small bouquet of orange blossom decorates the left front. The brocade bustle skirt has a cream satin bustle, pleated hem and lace front panel. The brocade train has gauze and satin trim and fastens to the skirt with buttons.

Summary

Object No.

86/647

Object Statement

Wedding gown, comprising skirt, train, and bodice, womens, silk brocade / satin / lace, maker unknown, Australia, 1883, worn by Elizabeth Jane Howard (nee Smith), Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 1883

Physical Description

Wedding gown in three pieces, bodice, skirt and train. The bodice is of beige ribbed silk brocaded in yellow and white. There are lace ruffles at the neck, sleeves and waist and the front fastens with 11 covered buttons and buttonholes. A small bouquet of orange blossom decorates the left front. The brocade bustle skirt has a cream satin bustle, pleated hem and lace front panel. The brocade train has gauze and satin trim and fastens to the skirt with buttons.

History

Notes

Worn by Elizabeth Jane Howard (nee Smith), grandmother of the donor, at her marriage to William Henry Howard at Trinity Church, Orange, New South Wales, Australia, on 14 November 1883. Elizabeth Jane was the only daughter of John Mingay Smith of Orange and William Henry was the eldest son of John Howard of City View, Bathurst.

Trinity Church, an Anglican church, was a new construction at the time of the wedding, having been completed in 1879. It is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival.

Complex, detailed skirts such as that worn by Elizabeth to her wedding were characteristic of European fashion of the time. Elizabeth's fashionable dress reflects the fact that Australian brides adhered to European trends.

Elizabeth's wedding dress has a brocade train which could be detached. Detachable trains made the garment versatile and were popular during the Victorian era, as without the train, the wedding dress was quickly transformed into a special occasion dress which could be worn many times.

During the Victorian era, flowers were frequently worn as visual symbols of the qualities of the wearer. Orange blossom was a popular choice for brides as it symbolised innocence, fruitfulness and eternal love. Elizabeth wore a small bunch of orange blossom on the left front of her gown.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of M Blanden, 1986

Acquisition Date

22 May 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wedding gown worn by Elizabeth Jane Howard (nee Smith) 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2021, <https://ma.as/67169>

Wikipedia

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