Gown, Wedding

A white grosgrain and lace wedding gown. It has a boned, strapless bodice, fashioned to form pleats at the waist which fall into deep folds in the skirt. a wide scalloped lace trim is attached to the skirt with two tiny pearls sewn at the top of each scallop. The overblouse of the lace has long narrow sleeves and a boat shaped scalloped neckline with tiny pearls sprinkled on the lace. The overblouse is attached to a narrow grosgrain waistband. There is a large lace covered bow and streamers at the back.
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This gown was worn by Gwendoline Jean Ward for her wedding to John Albert Earl Keene at St Johns (Presbyterian) at Greymouth on 30 May 1959. This dress was made by Gwendoline's mother who also made the bridesmaids dresses and baked the wedding cake. The material for the dress cost £11 and the small amount of lace cost £5.
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