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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1630-1639 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In the 1630s, women’s fashions featured high waistlines and short full sleeves set deep into the back of the bodice. This bodice demonstrates that slashing, popular in the 16th century, continued well into the 17th century. The satin has been deliberately cut in regularly placed wavy lines, and its edges cut into scallops. The bodice has a boned foundation of canvas and buckram on the inside, which laces at the front. Although only the bodice of this outfit now survives, it would have been worn with a petticoat and the ensemble completed with stomacher, lace ruff and cuffs.

Physical description

Ivory satin, slashed, with internal foundation of buckram and linen, reinforced with whalebone, lined with silk taffeta.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1630-1639 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn


Length: 42.5 cm approx., Width: 88.0 cm approx., overall

Object history note

This bodice was acquired as part of the Isham Collection

Descriptive line

Woman's bodice, English, 1630s, oyster-coloured satin, slashed and scalloped

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

Costigliolo, Luca, 'Slashed satin bodice', in North, Susan and Jenny Tiramani, eds, Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, vol.1, London: V&A Publishing, 2011, pp.70-87
Rothstein, Natalie, ed, Four Hundred Years of Fashion, London: V&A Museum, 1982
Hearn, Karen, ed., Van Dyck & Britain, London: Tate Britain, 2009, p.128


Silk (textile); Silk taffeta; Buckram; Linen (material); Baleen


Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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