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  • A painting of a woman wearing an early 19th century dress with a round ruffled neckline and long puffed sleeves, accompanied by a foral headpiece.
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Wedding Dress, 1810
A lady wears an early 19th century dress with a round ruffled neckline and long puffed sleeves, accompanied by a floral headpiece.
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The White Wedding

Classical White

After the French Revolution, fashion changed to reflect the new world order. While Ancient Greek ideas of democracy inspired politics, classical white marble sculptures inspired fashion. The colourful brocaded silks of the aristocratic age gave way to white muslin. By the early 1800s, white had become the predominant colour in women’s dress and was a very fashionable choice for all women, including brides.