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Traditional Jewish bridal gown

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Title

Traditional Jewish bridal gown

Subject

Photographs depicting Jewish clothing from the 19th and early 20th century

Description

Jewish bridal gown from the 19th century. Worn originally in Calcutta by Farha Elias at her wedding to Reuben Jonah Jacob in 1884 or possibly a little earlier. In this photograph, taken in London 1985, the gown is worn by Farha's great-granddaughter, Susan Gubbay. It is made of Chinese brocade and worn over a sequined tulle 'kaftan' which is worn over an embroidered bodice, with matching headdress. Baggy trousers, akin to pyjamas, are worn beneath the gown.

Date

1985