Object: Sybil Connolly Linen Wedding Dress

The fashion for wearing white was popularised after 1840, following the wedding of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Queen Victoria wore a luxurious white gown. This was unusual for the time, and reflected her desire to boost the British lace industry.

An original Sybil Connolly creation.

An original Sybil Connolly creation.
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Designed by Sybil Connolly (1921-1988), this beautiful wedding gown displays one of her trademark techniques of finely pleated linen. The gown was made for an American client in bleached linen. Woven in County Armagh by Spence Bryson & Co., it was exclusively pleated for Connolly’s Dublin-based fashion house. Sybil Connolly also designed dresses and skirts in pleated linen dyed in a range of rich colours.

Sybil Connolly was a Dublin-based designer, known for her work with Irish textiles to create her haute couture fashions. Her design reputation even gained her famous clients such as Jackie Kennedy and Gillian Anderson.

Wedding dresses are not only for looking your best on the big day, they hold personal and emotional attachments for the wearer. Often passed down generation to generation, they tell a story of styles and trends of the time. Do you have any interesting wedding dress stories or family photos?

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