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Dress worn by Queen Victoria to the opening of the Great Exhibition, 1851 From the Royal Collection

A never before seen dress made for and worn by Queen Victoria is now on display in the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace. The cream silk satin dress, with intricate embroidery, was given to the young Queen in the 1850s by the wife John Gregory Crace.

Queen Victoria’s costume for the Stuart Ball, 1851 From the Royal Collection

Dress in two parts, France, 1855-1858. Les Arts Décoratifs

La Reine Marie Leszczynska, wife of King Louis XV.

Robe volante, France, vers 1725

Wedding Dress, 1857, day bodice with buttons coiled with metal snakes, short sleeved evening bodice, over-skirt and plain silk underskirt, shoes, a wax bridal wreath, a later silk floral wreath and a dried floral bridesmaid posy. Although a snake motif might seem an unusual adornment for a bridal gown, in the 19th century it was thought to symbolise wisdom and eternity. Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with an emerald inset snake ring at their engagement which further fuelled the…

Wedding Dress, 1857, day bodice with buttons coiled with metal snakes, short sleeved evening bodice, over-skirt and plain silk underskirt, shoes, a wax bridal wreath, a later silk floral wreath and a dried floral bridesmaid posy. Although a snake motif might seem an unusual adornment for a bridal gown, in the 19th century it was thought to symbolise wisdom and eternity. Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with an emerald inset snake ring at their engagement which further fuelled the…

1856 - robe à volants - 2 volants entièrment imprimés. Victoria et Elizabeth

A robe à la Francaise of Chinese lampas satin, circa 1760, The fabric circa 1750, the satin woven with bronze and cream peonies and coiling foliage, the open-robe and petticoat trimmed with furbelows of matching braid trimmed silk, the sleeves with shirred double ruffled `sabot' cuffs, the back panel of the skirt of brown and white. 1740s European silk