Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wedding attire for the fashionable Victorian bride from French dressmakers!

   This white satin bridal gown, circa 1876, is the creation
of the French dressmaker, Madame Fladry whose shop was in rue Richer.
Yes, I am nearly done with my HUGE, HUGE novel #1 starring American heiresses who marry European aristocrats during the Victorian period.

I say HUGE and really mean 90,000 words. Yes. Do fasten your seat-belts. These are much longer than my usual novel and encompass an entire family of buccaneer Americans, including two daughters, one son and a cousin. Even the widower (and very handsome father) has a romance of his own!

Of course, I had to investigate wedding attire, how to get the best (French), how to put it on (think layers, dahlink!), and,  because this is a sexy romance, how to take it all OFF! (Carefully!)
   The dressmaker for all of these gowns is Madame DeLaunay in rue Godot-de-Maury. The bride's gown dates from Madame's collection of 1882 and is done in duchesse satin. 
     Here we see the bride with her well-dressed father, her attendant and that lady's escort as they enter the church for the wedding ceremony. In Great Britain, the attendant was known as simply that until approximately the late 1890s, when she becomes a "maid" or "matron of honor". A bride had an attendant to help her address invitations to the ceremony, carry out errands, plan for the ceremony and any reception afterward, plus help her dress the morning of the wedding. 
   The attendants, both male and female, acted as witnesses to the ceremony, a necessity to ensure its legality.
   This leaf shows a fashion design from 1880.


jean hart stewart said...

Loved this! It really makes me wonder how the men seduced anybody, How did they ever manage to get the seducee undressed? Definitely this will be a book I need....

Tina Donahue said...

I'm with Jean- this is a great post. I'm so glad I didn't live then. I'm very laid back and the clothes alone would have killed me. :)