I was home this past weekend and had some fun with my parents reminiscing about the past. This all came about because one of my aunts (well my dad's cousin's wife) is organising a Wedding Dress through the Ages show to raise money for their local church and my mum happened to mention that she had her mother's wedding dress in the attic.
Next thing I know I have promised to model it for the show (if I fit in it of course) and so there I was on Saturday afternoon in a 1938 wedding dress.
My grandparents on their wedding day, 17th March 1938.
My grandmother bought the dress in a famous department store on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, called Pettigrew and Stephens, the store opened in 1888 and by 1914 it was the largest department store in Scotland. The company was bought by House of Fraser in 1955.
The building was designed by Honeyman & Keppie, with it's dome designed by one of their associate architects, who was to become one of Scotland's most famous architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It really does look like a stunning building but like so much of our history the building was demolished in 1969.
Here's the, original box my grandma's wedding dress is in. I love that the telegram address is "Everything Glasgow".
It's a slinky number made of stretchy fabric with beautiful metallic patterning, a belt that goes around just below the bust and a long long train made of net, with silver embroidery all around the edges and attached to a silver headband.
The dress now has short sleeves, we think my grandmother had it adapted after her wedding so she could wear it again.
If I get a decent picture of me wearing the dress then I will try to post it here - on what would have been my grandparents 75th wedding anniversary.