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Vintage Gallery #6: The Child's Victorian Needlework Sampler

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Vintage Gallery #5 The 1940s Wedding Dress

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Worn by Joan Reddington for her marriage to Norman Howlett in 1949. 
The wedding took place at St Peter's Church, Hunslet Moor, Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This dress was purchased at the very prestigious department store Marshall and Snelgrove, Leeds
Though the Second World War had been over for four years when Joan and Norman married, clothes were still rationed. No acres of fabric for post-war brides to swoosh down the aisle. Those of you who got married in a 1980s meringue may well think, on reflection, rationing was not a bad thing. 
I love that iconic 1940s bodice, so evocative of all those satin gowns on all those Hollywood starlets in all those soft-focus, studio shots. The princess sleeves tapering to a pointed, buttoned cuff complete the old school glamour of this fabulous vintage bridal gown

This dress is part of The Leeds Story collection at Leeds City Museum.

Vintage Gallery #4 Kenneth Sanderson's 18th Century Dress

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Resplendent in its glass cabinet at the Leeds City Museum, this 18th century gown is in wonderful condition. Just look at that white lace.  

Alas, the information panel in the cabinet wanted to tell me about Kenneth Sanderson, not the dress. 

You may be thinking of Mr Sanderson as a very dandy dandy who actually fitted into this frock 300 years ago, but that's not so. He was actually a 20th century collector who owned this dress and many other garments from the era. I have nothing else to report other than, swoon...