Black wedding dress, W. Wildermann, 1885
After 1820 most wedding dresses were white, and so this black example is unusual. The bride had her dress made by Wilhelmine Wildermann, a seamstress who owned a shop in one of the well-known main streets of Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg). The cut of wedding dresses in this German federal state was always in keeping with fashion. The colour, however, was generally black as women traditionally wore black dresses to church.