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  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (sewing)
    Great Britain (weaving)

  • Date:

    1775-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk with boning and lined with linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A. Maishman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of lustring striped in pale green, cream and two shades of purple.

The gown has a bodice which meets at the centre front trimmed around the square neck and at the pointed waist with a pinked gathered band of self material. The cuffs are shaped to the elbow and ruched. The skirt is tightly gathered and laid on top of the back bodice in a point. Inside there are two green silk looped cords to gather up the skirt which fasten to the silk covered button above the waist on each side bodice seam. The bodice and sleeves are lined with white linen. There are two bones down the centre back with a tape stitched at the centre back waist. The skirt is faced back with white silk.

The apron consists of a petticoat panel which has been converted by shortening and mounting it at the waist on a figured blue green ribbon to which is added a long green tasselled cord.

Place of Origin

Scotland (sewing)
Great Britain (weaving)


1775-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk with boning and lined with linen

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1775-80, Scottish, striped green, cream and purple silk lustring, English, 1770-80; with a later apron of the same silk

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hart & North, ' Historic Dress in Detail' (V&A: V&A Publications, 1998)
Pietsch, Johannes. 2012. 'Naming a Woman's Gown dating to 1775-85' http://www.fashioningtheearlymodern.ac.uk/object-in-focus/naming-a-womans-gown/

Labels and date

Dress (robe à l’anglaise retroussée)
About 1775

The light, summery silk of this dress was called ‘lustring’. The skirts were gathered up with loops, a new fashion referring to country working dress.

The dress was originally constructed as a ‘sack-back’ or negligée, with loose pleats from the shoulders. Dresses were often altered, as fabric was so expensive.

Shown with a replica petticoat
Given by Miss A. Maishman
Museum no. T.96-1972 [2012]


Silk; Linen




Fashion; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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