Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: The Queen Mother’s Wedding Dress

The Dress


HRH The Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

April 23, 1923

When Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert, the Duke of York, on April 23, 1923 at Westminster Abbey, she became one of the trendiest royal brides...well, ever.


Her gown was crafted by Madame Handley Seymour, a former court dressmaker for Queen Mary, but it certainly wasn't your typical court dress. The design followed the Coco Chanel-dictated trends of the time: dropped waists, silhouettes without much shape.

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The gown is silk crepe moire embellished extensively with pearls and silver embroidery. The detail and weight of the decoration gives the dress an almost medieval feel. She went for a short train and a longer veil.

Headress close-up

Her veil (loaned to her by Queen Mary) covered her head and fell cloak-like at her sides. She anchored it with a band of myrtle and a York rose on each side rather than a tiara. (Bridal tiaras in the royal family weren't so common back then.)

Fur Shaw

Since her gown was short-sleeved, she had a fur wrap to warm her up from the April weather.

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