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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1749 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn, with whalebone

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Rev. R. Brooke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A glistening yellow silk taffeta enhances this undecorated bodice of the 1740s. It is constructed from eight pieces of silk and has a boned centre back opening with a fly concealing the lacing. The waistline is tabbed and has a silk cord stitched along the edges of the tabs. The elbow-length sleeves have winged cuffs, pleated and stitched at the front to keep their shape. This style of cuff was fashionable in the 1740s and card or paste board were sometimes used for stiffening. A bodice of this style was worn by young girls and children, and as informal dress by adult women.

Physical description

A woman's bodice of yellow silk with wing-cuff sleeves

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1740-1749 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn, with whalebone

Descriptive line

Yellow silk, F, 1740s British; for a girl, back lacing, wing cuff

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. 86


Silk taffeta; Linen; Baleen


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Fashion; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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