Bridesmaid's dress

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made in Britain

Postcard of Bridesmaid's dress.
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Bridesmaid's dress

This bridesmaid's dress of dusty pale blue rayon crepe was made in Britain. It was worn by the donor when she was bridesmaid at a wedding at Glasgow Cathedral in the summer of 1941.

The dress shows the square shoulder line and the economy of fabric which were the hallmark of these years. The skirt is straight but cut in the cross with the crepe fabric giving it a certain amount of elasticity for movement.

The fabrics used in the years leading up to World War II were mostly natural fibres but there was a great deal of experimentation with new man-made fibres such as rayon. Despite the war, some dressing up for occasions was done especially before rationing was introduced in June 1941. Cheaper dresses of the 1930s and 1940s made up of rayon crepe have a rather skimpy appearance. Rayon shrinks when wet and unless carefully ironed does not return to its former size.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-117-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1982.363
Date: 1981
Around 1941
Material: White cotton block-printed in different colours
Dimensions: 1740 mm L x 1260 mm W
What: Sample / printed cotton
Subject: Textiles
Where: Turkey, Tokat / Kastamonu
Description: White cotton printed cloth or 'yazma' block-printed in different colours with a design of borders of floral motifs against a field of black sprigs: Turkish, Tokat or Kastamonu, 1981
  • Tarrant, Naomi. The Development of Costume. London & New York. NMS & Routledge, 1994, p 84. 
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