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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (textile, weaving)
    Scotland (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1770 - 1780 (weaving)
    1775 - 1780 (sewing)
    1870 - 1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-seen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A. Maishman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of gold-coloured, finely ribbed silk. The gown is in the English (tight-back) style, open at the front, with elbow-length sleeves. The sleeves are shaped to the elbow and are trimmed above the elbow and at the edge with a gathered pinked frill of self material. The bodice meets at the centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached linen. The pleats at the back are stitched down; the skirt is finely pleated into the waistseam and held in place with stitching on the inside, 2 cm below the waist. The gown is made of 5 and a half widths of silk. The hem is faced with white silk taffeta. There is a self covered button at each side back seam. The pink cords inside the dress are probably replacements for the originals which looped up the skirt of the gown.

A deep dart (now unpicked) was sewn on each bodice front for fancy dress in the late 19th century.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (textile, weaving)
Scotland (gown, sewing)


1770 - 1780 (weaving)
1775 - 1780 (sewing)
1870 - 1910 (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-seen


Length: 150.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 102.0 cm bust under armholes approx

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1775-80, Scottish; gold-coloured ribbed silk, British, 1770s; altered 1870-1910

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

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p.38


Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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