Vintage wedding dresses go on show for liver charity

Claire Walton in a Victorian wedding dress encrusted with pearls.
Claire Walton in a Victorian wedding dress encrusted with pearls.

A display of vintage wedding dresses went on show in Rothbury to raise funds for charity.

The event, organised by villager Gaby Sutton, took place at All Saints’ Church and saw a fashion show of bridalwear and special occasion ensembles dating from 1880 to 1980.

Emma Lackey and her daughter Imogen.

Emma Lackey and her daughter Imogen.

It was organised to raise funds for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, as Gaby’s grandaughter Imogen Lackey was born with tumours in her liver, and the church.

Now seven, the youngster is like any other little girl her age and modelled at her grandmother’s show.

Mrs Sutton, 70, has previously given shows and demonstrations about fashion through the ages, but this was the first time that a wedding dress show has been held.

She said: “It went very well. everybody seemed to enjoy it and we had refreshments in the middle of champagne and wedding cake. Some of my friends dressed in vintage clothes from different eras and come out when a wedding dress from that era did to show what the fashions were like.

“The rector, Rev Michael Boag, was wonderful and very helpful and encouraging and he came along in a cope that he wears for weddings.

“Some people even dressed up to come along and watch.”

With donations still coming in the event has so far raised around £2,000 which will be equally split between the two beneficiaries.

One of the dresses that was leant for the show was an orange and black flapper dress which was worn for a wedding in the Presbyterian church in Rothbury in the 1920s.

Two of the dresses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras were so small they fitted a modern 12-year-old

Mrs Sutton started to do fashion shows after being asked by a friend to give a talk at Corbridge WI about fashion through the ages after she had collected numerous items of clothingover the years.

She was given a fee which she donated to the Children’s Liver Foundation. This led to more talks, and more donations. Every year she does a large show, but this was the first wedding event.