handley seymour


A fine couture bridal gown and train, probably Madame Handley-Seymour (court dressmaker), 1937

Un-labelled, of bias cut oyster slipper-satin, with overdress of embroidered ivory lace further adorned with silver bugle beads and ‘seed pearls’, the draped sleeves open at the shoulders, with matching belt and similarly adorned train.

1920s Queens and Princesses Fashion [23/35]

When Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert, the Duke of York, on April 23, 1923 at Westminster Abbey, she became one of the trendiest royal brides.. This gown is a true relic of its time. Her gown was crafted by Madame Handley Seymour, a former court dressmaker for Queen Mary, but it certainly wasn’t your typical court dress. The design followed the Coco Chanel-dictated trends of the time: dropped waists, silhouettes without much shape. Unfortunately, those designs were better off on reed-thin models. They just didn’t do much for curvier gals, like Elizabeth.
The gown is silk crepe moire embellished extensively with pearls and silver embroidery. The detail and weight of the decoration gives the dress an almost medieval feel. She went for a short train and a longer veil.

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