Simple but beautiful wedding dress

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This beautiful wedding dress was made and worn by Pamela Ann Dew nee Marriot. Pamela married Bryon Dew at Marston Green in Birmingham in March 1963.

The dress is a simple design in plain cream satin with a scoop neck, fitted bodice, low waistline and straight skirt, and a beautifully hand embroidered squared off train, in keeping with the fashion of the early 1960s. The raglan sleeves form into a point over the hand with covered buttons at the wrist.

The train was embroidered by Pamela’s friend Rosemary Ann Litchford, who signed and dated her work on the back of the train. Pamela followed the tradition of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. She used a Victorian cotton petticoat as the lining of the dress for the ‘old’. The ‘new’ the embroidered work by Rosemary, and to finish, Pamela stitched four pieces of blue ribbon into the lining of the dress. We are not sure what Pamela ‘borrowed’ as she would have surely given this back to who she borrowed from.

Before marrying, Pamela attended the Moseley School of Art in Birmingham then Birmingham College of Art studying Dress Design. After training, Pamela worked for a couple of fashion houses in Birmingham until her and her husband Bryan, moved to Hackness near Scarborough in 1967.

Pamela taught fashion at Scarborough Technical College (now Yorkshire Coast College) in the late 1970s early 1980s. Pamela’s skill as a designer, pattern cutter and seamstress would have been a great inspiration for the students she taught at ‘The Tech’.

If you were one of Pamela’s students during her time at the college we would like to hear from you. Please contact Julie Baxter (01723) 384503, or Julie.baxter@smtrust.co.uk.

The wedding dress is part of a collection of garments Pamela’s daughter, Sarah, recently gifted into the Scarborough Collections, on the death of her mother earlier this year.

Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects that have been acquired by the borough over the years. They are used by researchers ranging from professional to amateur academics, freelance writers producing articles for magazines to television production companies, students studying art, costume design, geology, history, and tourism. If you have an enquiry or would like access to the collections please contact Karen Snowden, Head of Collections on (01723) 384506 or Karen.snowden@smtrust.co.uk.