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Unknown maker
Wedding Dress
1896

Harriet (Hattie) Rattray wore this dress, accessorized with ivory-stick fan and kid-leather shoes, in her 1896 marriage to Stephen Roughton in Des Moines, Iowa. Following their wedding, the couple settled in the groom’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario. The high neck, finished with tulle, and voluminous leg o’ mutton sleeves were cutting-edge fashion, and fans were a popular wedding accessory in the late nineteenth century. The ensemble’s luxury fabric and items were likely imported—the bride’s father, Peter Rattray, having been a very successful merchant in Iowa.

 
Unknown maker
Wedding Dress
1896
Satin, lace, silk, chiffon
51.5 x 25.2 cm (bodice height x width); 56.1 x 33.7 cm (each sleeve); 28.3 cm (circumference of collar); 117.4 x 181.5 cm (skirt height x width); 53.4 cm (skirt waist circumference)
Gift of Stephen Roughton
C19-001.01a-b

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