A friend donated her grandmothers wedding dress to the Guild Collection. It had been in a box that they had put away and forgotten about. It is a treasure from 1914, the year of the start of WW1. It is made of the most beautiful silk crepe.
There is heavy beading on parts of the dress and the back must have ballooned down at the bottom of the skirt.
As the dress was altered, to make it a ball gown, I'm not sure if the other beading is not also an addition. It looks more typical of the 1920's and not what you would see in 1914.
On the bodice, along with that little black net edging,
and the skirt. There seems to be a difference in the design.
The veil is made of a very light weight lace and the beading would have sat close to the face.
On the train the lace has been pieced and beaded to accentuate it's shape.
The women who donated the dress said that if they had known it was there when they were children they would have used it for 'dress-ups". How lucky are we that they didn't?