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Day dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1855-1857 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk trimmed with velvet and chenille passementerie, bodice lined with silk and whalebone strips

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mme Tussauds

  • Museum number:

    T.325 to B-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A cascade of trimming adorns this woman's day outfit, reflecting the passion for passementerie decoration such as fringe, braid, gimp, ribbon, tassels and cord. Some of the most fashionable garments combined passementerie with applied bands of velvet, complementing the colour of the dress and adding rich textures. The fringe on this bodice is composed of strands of black hand-knotted silk forming openings into which 'poms' of brown chenille are inserted to create the tufted look. Identical fringed trimmings are also applied to the skirt flounces, and they must have swayed with the movement of the wearer, creating rippled effects.

Passmenterie dress trimmings were similar to those used on beds, windows and upholstery, and a fashionable woman must have looked very much at home when surrounded by tasselled valances and padded chairs embellished with fringe.

Physical description

Promenade dress (bodice and skirt) of silk trimmed with velvet and chenille passementerie. Bodice lined with silk and whalebone strips. Matching mantle.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

1855-1857 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk trimmed with velvet and chenille passementerie, bodice lined with silk and whalebone strips

Descriptive line

Day dress with bodice, skirt and mantle of silk and velvet, possibly made in Great Britain or France, 1855-1857.

Categories

Fashion; Day wear; Clothing; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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