The wedding dress made by Mme. Headley-Seymour for Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon is now completed and, with the bridesmaids’ frocks, has been seen by a few privileged persons. But it is understood that no description will be published until the wedding-day.
This stipulation does not apply to the going-away costume that Lady Elizabeth has chosen. Dove-neck grey is the only term that has been found to describe its delicate pastel shade. The frock is of marocain, almost entirely covered with very fine embroidery of the same shade. With it is worn one of the new little coats of the embroidered material. This is very short with squarecut front, hanging loose at the waist. At the back it is caught with a wide sash of the plain marocain which girdles the frock in front and is fastened in a bow with long ends at the side. The very pretty draped wrap coat of the same marocain to be worn over this is trimmed with large rosettes of the material, each with an open centre and each sewn on flatly at the edges. The sleeves are finished in an original way with a rosette pendent from the wrist and with a tassel. The coat is very slightly gathered at the back on either shoulder. A stole of blue-fox fur will be worn with this costume.
Some delightful frocks have been made by Mme. Headley-Seymour for Lady Elizabeth’s trousseau, most of them in the quiet colours that the bride likes best. One that is equally suitable for morning or afternoon wear is of beige crepe romain. The bodice has a square yoke and long sleeves which are finished with accordion pleats set in as an insertion between elbow and wrist. The front of the bodice is accordion pleated, and so is the apron drapery which covers the front and sides of the skirt. Another graceful frock of almost the same colour has a pleated skirt and a pouched bodice opening in front over a blouse of white georgette lightly embroidered with red.
A pretty evening frock is of deep cream lace over cream crepe satin. The bodice, which has a rounded neck, has no sleeves, and is slightly pouched. The lace is embroidered all over with tiny coral and crystal beads and mother-of-pearl sequins. The girdle is of crystal and coral, and from it at one side a fold of the satin is draped. One of Lady Elizabeth’s evening coats is of brown broché satin, perfectly straight in line with a small collar of brown hare and wide bands of the same fur edging the cuffs and the hem.
Lady Strathmore [the bride’s mother] will wear at the wedding a frock of black marocain and georgette. This is embroidered with black jet and black beads, and here and there it has touches of blue bead embroidery on the cross-over bodice and on embroidered panels of the skirt. The note of blue is repeated in the blue chiffon which lines the almost bell-shaped sleeves. Over this gown will be worn a very graceful cape of black marocain with a deep flounce of heavily embroidered black silk lace which touches the ground behind. At the top of this deep flounce all round the cape are large black marocain roses, and the round collar is edged with huge blue silk roses matching the lining of the cape.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, future Queen Mother, married the Duke of York, later George VI, on 26 April 1923 in a wedding dress of aquamarine blue and silver.