Acquired from Genny Waller.
This wedding dress was worn by the Hon. Margaret Georgina Curzon, also known as Daisy, at her marriage to Hardress John Waller on January 26th 1899.
Margaret Curzon was the younger sister of George Curzon, who had been appointed Viceroy of India the same January, and grandmother of Genny Waller, the previous owner of the dress. It was acquired together with the groom’s tie, an evening dress which was probably part of the trousseau, and a copy of the photograph of the bride and groom outside Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, the Curzon family seat.
The marriage was reported in both the local and national press on the day of the ceremony. The Pall Mall Gazette, an evening newspaper, described the bride as having worn ‘a very handsome gown of ivory-white satin, made with court train, and embroidered in a Louis XV bow design carried out in fine silver pailletes and diamonds. The bodice was arranged with a yoke of tucked white chiffon and a pretty trimming of orange blossom, while the collar and the long transparent sleeves were of lovely old lace, and she wore a coronet of orange blossom, a diamond pendant…and a pearl and diamond brooch. She carried a very lovely bouquet of white roses, stephanotis, orange blossom and lilies of the valley’.
The bodice (see ‘Additional images’) is now too fragile to be mounted, and the sleeves have become detached. The tucked chiffon yoke and lace collar, mentioned above and visible in the wedding photograph, are missing, having probably disintegrated with age.