Monday, November 12, 2012

History’s Runway: The Baba Beaton Wedding Dress, 1934

Wedding Dress
Charles James, 1934
This and all related images from:
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This wedding gown was worn by Miss Baba Beaton in November of 1934 when she married Mr. Alec Hambro. The gown, designed by Charles James, shows the development of the designer’s famous complex cut and simple lines.

James said of his work, “all my seams have meaning - they emphasise something about the body.”

The gown is constructed of cream, ivory, and satin. It’s cut with a high neckline and long, tight sleeves. James’ famous seaming and darting serves to sculpt the satin to fit the body. The finishing touch is a spray of wax orange blossoms at the neck. 

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