Bodice, wedding dress; [?]; 1907; 2010.907


Bodice, wedding dress

About this object

Wedding dress bodice and belt; part of a wedding gown worn by Elizabeth Miller Logan on the day of her wedding to Robert Kerr Dodds, October 1907.

The Edwardian style bodice is constructed of a winter-weight, finely woven fabric, possibly viyella, in its natural colour. Fine lace has been added at the neck and décolletage, and also at the cuffs. The sleeves of the bodice are designed to sit just below the elbow, and each lace cuff features a satin ribbon, tied in a bow. Below the decolletage is a white satin ribbon, woven over and under panels of the main fabric, the ends of the ribbon are tied in a bow to one side, the pointed end of which features a tassel of silk[?] threads tied in a decorative knot. The vertical panels are accentuated with a row of embroidered spots down each edge.

Sewn into the bodice is a light under-bodice with metal boning down the back. This is fastened via a row of hook and eyes. The bodice itself fastens via five mother-of-pearl buttons and five hook and eyes. The whole has been constructed with a combination of hand and machine sewing.

Along with the bodice is a satin and calico belt/cummerbund. This features several horizontal pin-tucks, decorated with embroidered spots and two, small satin flowers on either side of the hook and eye clasps.

Elizabeth Miller Logan (b. 1880), the sixth child of Martha and Glasgow Logan; and Robert Kerr Dodds were married at Elizabeth's parents residence, Owaka on 24th October, 1907. She and Robert had 10 children. Elizabeth is said to have played the accordion and "liked to play it outside to get all the dogs around howling". Like many members of her family, Elizabeth excelled at handwork such as knitting, patch-work, and crochet. She was a memberof the Charlton Women's Institute until 1946. Elizabeth passed away in Gore, on 23rd September 1974, at the age of 95.



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Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand

Medium and Materials

processed material, textile, satin
processed material, textile, calico
processed material, metal
organic, animal, shell, mother-of-pearl


1. Bodice: l 570mm (collar to hem) x w 470mm (at shoulders)

2. Belt: l 620mm x w 80mm

Subject and Association Keywords

the family, marriage, home

Subject and Association Keywords

manners and customs, costume. dress. fashion

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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