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1986 Zandra Rhodes Design Wedding Dress 

£120.00

          

SPEC
Underskirt: Raw Ivory silk and tulle
Overskirt: Brussels Lace and tulle
Measurements: Bust - 92cm
Elasticated Waist - 74cm+
Skirt Length - 100-110cm
Bodice Length (Shoulder to Waist) - 40cm
Separate raw silk tie belt included

STORY
I got married in 1986 so my dress is "almost" vintage. I wanted my own special dress so I decided on this Zandra Rhodes pattern, and took myself to a shop on Bond St. to find the best fabric I could afford on a young teacher's salary. This fabric emporium was dark and old-fashioned and run by an elderly gentleman who knew exactly what I needed. He had the most amazing collection of beautiful fabrics. I paid about £12/m for the raw ivory silk and £35/m for the Brussels lace - a scary outlay in 1986!
Luckily the college where I worked had a flourishing textiles department and Margaret, the head tutor, kindly offered to help me. I will always remember the sight of my ivory silk spread on the white carpet of her home. I didn't have the guts to cut it by myself and was so thankful for her experienced hands! I bought my first dewing machine and with the fabric cut was ready to start. Sewing the dress was challenging but it was very exciting to see it take shape before my eyes. I had to phone my mum in Tasmania to give her updates on its progress.
July, and we flew to Hobart for our wedding. My dress came with me in its special cover (that I made!) and had to be part of my hand-luggage as I would not let it out of my sight; a sure way to start conversations with the flight attendants. Mum cried when she saw my dress, and was so proud of me. We were married in a beautiful old colonial house with all my friends and family around. Unfortunately my husband's family couldn't all make the trip to the other side of the world so the had dress have a second outing when we got back to England!

Since then it's lived in my cupboard wrapped in its cover but now the time has come to pass it on to somebody else who will love
Price: £120.00
Listing ID: 53600
  • Size
  • UK 12
  • Colour
  • Ivory
  • Neckline
  • Round
  • Fabric
  • Lace
  • Condition
  • Used - good condition
  • Designer
  • Other Designer
  • Style
  • Full Skirted
  • Theme
  • Vintage or English Country
 

 
  • Price
  • £120.00
  • Size
  • UK 12
  • Colour
  • Ivory
  • Neckline
  • Round
  • Fabric
  • Lace
  • Condition
  • Used - good condition
  • Designer
  • Other Designer
  • Style
  • Full Skirted
  • Theme
  • Vintage or English Country
  • Tags:
  • Ivory, Lace, Princess, Silk, Vintage, Wedding Dress
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