M973.93.1.1-5 | Dress

 
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Dress
1763, 18th century
Fibre: silk, linen (lining), cotton (muslin); Sewn (hand)
Gift of Miss Stephanie Hensley
M973.93.1.1-5
© McCord Museum
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This wedding dress is one of the most outstanding garments in the McCord Museum's collection. A rare piece, it is one of the few 18th-century silk gowns with a hand-painted floral design to be found in a North American museum. The soft cream silk was handwoven in China, where the floral pattern was handpainted in tones of lavender, blue, yellow, green and brown. This charming dress was worn by Mary Chaloner in Guiseborough, England, when she married Colonel John Hale. The groom had served under Major-General James Wolfe in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec, and it was he who brought the news of Wolfe's death back to George III in England.