Lace wedding dress with v-shaped bodice

The simple and understated style of this dress belies some gorgeous detailing; the hallmark of the designer Kathleen Fuller. For the neckline, Kathleen has utilised the scalloped border of the lace fabric to form a delicate edge. The skirt is in four pieces, the front and back panel (including the train) adjoining two lengthy side panels attached along a wide curved seam that again utilises the scalloped edge of the fabric. Yards and yards of lustrous rayon lace have gone into the construction of this handsome wedding dress. The lace is most probably Leavers, named after the machine on which it was made. In this style of lace, the pattern is woven at the same time as the net ground and, like many machine made laces, Leavers made laces imitate those painstakingly made by hand. The acetate under slip, while loose at the upper, has been carefully integrated into the design of the dress and joins it at the romantic V-shaped waist seam. Twenty-two self-covered buttons and corresponding rouleau loops form a lovely feature down the centre-back, a detail echoed on the pointed cuffs, which each incorporate three rouleau loops and buttons.


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Designer: Kathleen Fuller
Manufacturing location: Levy Building, corner of Manners and Taranaki Streets, Wellington
Garment type: Wedding dress
Material: Machine-made lace
Colour: White
Purchase location: Minerva Salon
Label: Minerva Frocks
Date: Circa 1938