Volunteers at the Foyle Hospice charity shop in Derry have mounted a search to find the mystery owner of a stunning vintage wedding dress which was recently donated to them.
Inspired by a recent social media campaign to find the husband who donated his late wife’s wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice in Garford, Leeds, with a note that simply said: “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine.’ workers at the Springtown Road Outlet are desperate to find the person who recently left a bag of donations with the wedding dress inside.
The stunning lace wedding dress appears to be a short 1950s ivory peplum gown. Shops area manager at the Foyle Hospice Jacqui McMonagle revealed that staff have made every effort to restore the dress to its former glory.
“They believe that to every dress there is a story and have decided to set about trying to track down the original owner,” she said.
Photographs of the dress modelled by Miss Donegal finalist Jessica McShane, have been posted on the Foyle Hospice social media and have stirred up some genuine interest. The hair piece was donated by Maggies in Waterloo Street, hair design complimentary of Leah and make up by Claire Crossan, An Siopa Gruige, Buncrana.
Jacqui continued: “Via social media we’ve had enquiries from all corners of the globe. What we really want to do is track down the original owner or a relative and maybe see a photograph of the bride wearing this exquisite dress at her wedding.”
The dress is currently available for sale through the Foyle Hospice with the highest bid secured no later than 12 noon on Friday 25th September 2015. The lucky new owner will be formally announced at the Vintage Fashion Fair event in the City Hotel on Sunday 27th September 2015.
Although it is probably over sixty years old, the dress itself is in pristine condition and has been carefully restored by one of our volunteers Agnes Doherty. Agnes said, “This wedding dress has already had a beautiful story and it’s just carrying on its journey”.
The knee length white lace gown has a peplum skirt, intricate stitching and floral detail.
We hope that there will be some brides-to-be who are keen to wear this dress on their big day, decades on from when it first walked up the aisle. We would love to hear more about the original owner of this dress. If you think you know who could have left it, please let us know by contacting Foyle Hospice Fundraising Team on 028 71359888