1829 wedding dress

The beginnings of Georgiana’s relationship with John Molloy were a mystery so discovering the circumstances of their first meeting and the way their connection grew over many years was been one of the most exciting research pathways for me. Georgiana’s private journals leave clues about her wedding dress and veil embroidered with tiny flowers and the white ribbons she wore on her bonnet.

I took this photograph of an 1829 wedding dress in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London because it gives us what must be a glimpse of Georgiana’s dress. It shows the typical proportions and style of the time, with the waist no longer high in the ‘Empire’ style (think Jane Austen) but not yet tightly fitted on the waistline with a full skirt, as in later Victorian styles.