This christening gown has been lovingly created to honour the wonderful life of St Hugh, the man responsible for the rebuilding of Lincoln Cathedral after it was ruined by an earthquake.
The design has been inspired by St Hugh's closest friend, that of a white swan, which contracted a lasting friendship for the saint. Hugh himself took inspiration from the swan when designing the roof vaults of his Choir. They are said to replicate the bird stretching its wings ready to fly.
The gown's skirt has also been inspired by this concept; the cotton lawn undergown represents the body of the swan, with the fine organza overgown being the wings. Both are joined together by cotton robings, which are delicately edged in satin buttonhole stitch to replicate the ribs of the roof vaulting.
The panels of hand embroidery and beadwork on the bodice front and the large rose on the centre skirt panel replicate some of the Cathedral's marvellous stonework. All exposed edges have been sealed with tiny French seams. The finished gown has a wonderful delicate aura of grace and beauty, so reflecting of the qualities of St Hughs's swan.
Each gown is individually hand crafted and takes over 50 hours to complete. 28 days notice is therefore required on this order.
FREE delivery. Comes packed in presentation box.