Gladys Hope's Wedding dress, 1935

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Date:25th of December 1935

Description:Due in part to the rise of glamourous celebrities of the time, the 1930s saw the re-emergance of the more shapely feminine body shape. This made a change from the flat boyish body shapes of 1920s fashion.
The cut and fabric of this dress meant that this dress was made to skim the body.

Some brides of the period would have worn a coloured wedding dress rather than the more traditional white or cream. However if you look at the photograph of Gladys and her new husband in the photograph the colour of the dress is far ligher than it is today, it is also shorter in length.
We believe that Gladys wore a light coloured dress for her wedding day, and at some point after the wedding decided to dye the dress this blue shade and shorten it so that she could wear it again.

Just four years after the wedding World War 2 broke out and the rationing of clothing was to follow.
It is quite possible that this is when Gladys decided to alter the dress as she would have had to 'make do and mend' old clothes and give them new life as new clothes would not have been readily available.

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Image courtesy of: Mrs Beryl Brindley

Donor ref:NM.1997.226.1® (22/27490)

Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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