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& Mediaeval


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Pre-Raphaelite / Medieval "Raffaella"

A figure-enhancing two-piece gown, shown in a stunning green and silver silk damask - lightly corseted with back lacing. Inspired by the paintings of John William Waterhouse, this Pre-Raphaelite-style wedding dress has fitted ruched chiffon undersleeves with button detailing at the wrist. These are revealed beneath classic trumpet-shaped 'medieval' sleeves. The flat-fronted A-line skirt with a volume of fabric gathered into the back flatters both the slimmest and more shapely brides. Contrasting piped detailing (here in black satin ) can be used to emphasise the sleeve and neckline edges.

It is possible to construct this gown in most fabrics, patterned and plain - duchesse satin, brocade, damask, dupion, velvet, zibilene, etc. This design can be kept streamlined and tailored or embellished at the neckline, waistline or cuffs.

Medieval or Pre-Raphaelite wedding dress in satin damask with fluted trumpet sleeves

"Raffaella" in green and silver is a
studio sample to view/try on

See design sources here.


See below for various interpretations:

Wendy looked stunning in a sumptuous brocade in navy and pale gold.


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Shown above is the same "Raffaella" design using a gold dupion silk elaborately embroidered in red for the bodice with a matching plain silk for the skirt.


An "on-the-shoulder" variation of the original design in a rich red and gold brocade.


A version in white silk dupion with contrasting colbalt blue crepe satin. Silver metallic Celtic knotwork enhances the neckline - one of many embroidery designs to choose from. See Prizma Embroidery for alternatives.

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A more traditional variant for Lucy in ivory satin damask.
For other "Raffaella" variations, see the Pre-Raphaelite/ Mediaeval index page.


To order: The "Raffaella" design is £1900 to construct.
Your choice of fabric from our vast range will add from between £150 to £500,
depending on type - silk dupion, damask, brocade etc.

This design can be varied and individualised
to each made-to-measure order.

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