Here Comes the Bride

Australian crepe wedding dress (1953) made by Violet Cocking (nee Dowey) who had resided in North Street, Castlemaine, prior to her marriage to Stanley Cocking in 1924. The dress was inspired by the gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II upon her Coronation in June 1953; which depicts emblems of the Commonwealth; similar to those which were stitched onto the Queen’s gown. [Castlemaine Museum – gift by Pat Cocking, 2003].

Jean-Paul Gaultier:

  • The Bride [La Mariée] from The Hussars Collection haute couture Autumn-Winter 2002-2003. The Indian-style feather headdress and train is covered in ivory silk tulle. The dress has a jewelled bodice and an ivory silk faille skirt decorated with fastenings from a Hussar coat. The ensemble is worn with draped ivory tulle gloves.
  • The Bride from the Tribute to Africa Collection haute couture Spring-Summer 2005. This fan-pleated chiffon shield gown and marabou-lined tulle veil took 140 hours to create.

Chinese Wedding jacket and skirt (c 1932). This fully-lined jacket and skirt is made of red satin with a Mandarin-style collar and three-quarter length sleeves. The jacket zips up at the front and has two short slits at the sides. The entire jacket is covered in sequins with special beaded patterns on the back, down the sleeves and along the front opening; depicting two phoenixes. It was worn by Mrs Kit Lee on her wedding day on 20 November 1932 in Guangzhou, China, when she was aged 17. Mrs Lee came to Australia after WW2 arriving with five children and made a living from farming, as her husband died when their youngest son was two years old. [On view at the Melbourne Chinese Museum].

  •  ‘Signing the Register‘ – by Edmund Blair Leighton [City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery]. Edmund Blair Leighton (born in London, 21 September 1852 – died 1 September 1922) was an English painter of historical genre scenes, specializing in Regency and medieval subjects. For further information on Leighton, see my earlier post.

Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) four artworks from the Love, Marriage and Death of a Half Caste, more commonly known as the the ‘Bridegroom‘ series, Bridegroom Waiting for His Bride to Grow Up (1958); The Frightened Bridegroom (1958), The Bridegroom Drinking From a Creek and The Wedding Group.

  • The series was painted between 1957-1960, after Boyd travelled to Central Australia and earned him critical acclaim. The paintings gradually dispersed across public and private collections around the world. In recent years many of the works have returned to Australia, providing an unprecedented opportunity to reunite them at a special exhibition curated at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. Held during 2014-2015, the exhibition presented the core paintings of the series along with related drawings and ceramic pieces.

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