Wedding gown 1904; Unknown; 1904; 2010_345_1-2


Wedding gown 1904

About this object

Wedding gown worn by Miss Annie Hurndall of Maungaturoto at her marriage to William Rew in 1904. 1. Bodice of wedding gown. Sleeves are very full with shirring at shoulders and tight pin-tucked long cuffs with lace motifs decorating hem. Bodice under piece is plain and gathered on at front to a V shaped waist band, inside is lined with cotton and boned. Two large flounces decorate overtop and joined with shirring to a round neckline. The first one is the largest and joined under arms with a longer pointed front and is decorated with a lace inset and two rows of pintucks at hem. Over top of this, from mid collar bone to back opening is another of the same flounce without the lace inset long points at fronts and back tipped with a silk cord flower trim. Above these flounces is a high neck piece, decorated with a vertical inset of lace and diagonal pintucks eitherside, lace collar around neck. Back closed with twelve metal hooks and eyes.
2. Skirt is also cream silk and inset with lace ribbons in a cross at front at back, with the cross bars at hips. This meets another inset at hem, where it joins a gathered flounce. Flounce is decorated at bottom edge with three rows of pin tucks, a lace inset then another three rows of pin tucks, it is also longer at the back for a train. Horizontal rows of pin-tucks decorate the waist to hips where it meets the lace cross bars. Below this on the main part of the skirt has diagonal rows of pintucks, larger spaced and in a V shape either side of the vertical lace inset of the cross. Five metal hooks and eyes close the waist placket, and three extra eyes sit on waistband for fastening skirt to bodice. A large sash is attached to back to tie into bow.



Date Made


Medium and Materials



1. 54cm length x 28.5cm width, 2. 107cm length at front, 125cm length at back x 56cm width

Subject and Association Description

Wedding dress, 1904

Credit Line

Helen Ritson and Barbara Hope-Cross

Object Type

wedding gown

Object number



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wedding gown

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