Coming soon Event National Museum of Scotland

Wedding gown in a weekend

29 Jun - 30 Jun 2019

Events Space, Learning Centre, level 2.

Free, drop-in

Join historical dressmakers as they recreate the 18th century wedding dress of Isabella MacTavish Fraser.


Saturday sessions take place at 10:30–11:45, 12:00–13:00 and 15:15–16:30.

Sunday sessions take place at 10:30–11:45, 12:00–13:15 and 13:45–15:15.


Events Space, Learning Centre, level 2. Entry via Chambers Street.

The original dress was made around 1785 for the Highland wedding of Isabella MacTavish to Malcolm Fraser. It was then worn by their daughter-in-law Jane and two of Isabella and Malcolm's descendants. This dress is now in the collection of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and has been kindly loaned to National Museums Scotland for our exhibition Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

tartan wedding dress

Wedding dress belonging to Isabella Fraser ©Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

Using reproduction tartan and period construction techniques, a team of specialist historical dressmakers will make a faithful replica of Isabella’s wedding dress during a single weekend. 

Reproduction tartan fabric being woven at Prickly Thistle Mill © Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd.


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This event is supported by American Duchess and Timesmith Dressmaking. 

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. You can find more access information here.

Header image credit: Reproduction tartan fabric © Prickly Thistle Scotland Ltd.

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Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.
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