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Wedding dress and underbodice
1856

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, cotton lace, cotton, metal
Measurements
(a) 158.0 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat) (wedding dress) (b) 32.7 cm (centre back) 18.0 cm (sleeve length) (underbodice)
Place/s of Execution
England
Accession Number
2009.385.a-b
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the family in memory of Alma Elsie Ann Jean Sandford (née Gannell) (1907-2005), 2009
Gallery location
Not on display
About

This Wedding dress was worn by Charlotte Toby when she married Edward Gannell on 9 August 1856 at St Luke’s Parish Church, on Sydney Street in Chelsea, Middlesex. Eight weeks later the married couple sailed to Melbourne on the ship Sussex. At this time, wedding dresses were not always white. A woman might simply have worn her best dress when getting married.