Object StatementWedding outfit, comprising of bodice, skirt, sleeves (pair), and shoes (pair), womens, various materials, maker unknown, probably Australia, worn by Emma Oghiltree, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Physical DescriptionIvory silk faille with machine made Valencienne style lace trim, heavily beaded with large 'pearls' and small white glass beads.
Bodice is fitted, boned, with an off-the-shoulder neckline and very short sleeveband. Centre back opening with buttonholed eyelets and lacing cords, concealed metal hook and eye fastenings. Neck and sleeves trimmed with swathed machine made Valencienne lace gathered at centre front neck to form a collar. Large pearl beads and small white glass beads applied down bodice centre front to form a stomacher. Pleated ribbon/sash tie attached to centre back openings and tied at centre front.
Full gathered skirt with bustle, front machine lace overlay with applied beaded medallions, and pearl and bead tassle trim. Lower scalloped edge of lace front rises to show pleated silk faille skirt. Left front of skirt with lace swag pleated over heavily beaded net panel worked in a trailing floral design. Wide pleats over back bustle, narrow tape waistband, straw filled bustle pad, skirt fully lined with cream buckram.
Sleeves (pair), separate from bodice, are 3/4 length with lace cuffs to match the bodice.
Shoes (pair) are of cream silk, with miniature white glass bugle bead trim to the vamp and beaded bow trim, covered Louis heel. Leather sole and heel with white kid lining.