Reclaiming heritage narratives: reweaving the story of a royal wedding dress

Hendon, Zoë ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Reclaiming heritage narratives: reweaving the story of a royal wedding dress. In: Design and Heritage: The Construction of Identity and Belonging. Lees-Maffei, Grace and Houze, Rebecca, eds. Routledge, pp. 171-184. ISBN 9780367560263, pbk-ISBN 9780367540487, e-ISBN 9781003096146. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9781003096146-16)


In 1893, Princess Mary of Teck married the future George V wearing a wedding dress that was entirely designed, woven, and made in Britain. The silk was designed by Arthur Silver, the founder of the Silver Studio in Brook Green, Hammersmith and woven by Warner & Sons in Spitalfields, London. Over the interceding century, the story of the design and manufacture of this patriotically-produced royal wedding dress has been fractured across three institutions: the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (Middlesex University), home to the Silver Studio Collection, the Warner Textile Archive, and the Royal Collection's Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which is cared for by Historic Royal Palaces. This chapter draws on both design history and heritage methodologies to ask whether it would be possible to interpret the dress in a public exhibition setting as anything other than a part of ‘authorised heritage discourse.’

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > Library and Student Support > Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA)
Item ID: 34253
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Depositing User: Zoe Hendon
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2021 17:32
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