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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1820-1824 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk gauze, embroidered with silk thread and trimmed with silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Alice A. Little

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fancy borders in all manner of designs trimmed the skirts of 1820s evening dresses. Rouleaux, composed of tubular lengths of bias-cut fabric padded out with lambs' wool, were a favourite decorative device. Four satin rouleaux decorate the hem of this gown, rising to a point in the centre front, and complementing the trimmings of the bodice and sleeves.

This diaphanous dress would have been worn over a light silk slip in a pale colour, sometimes contrasting with the trimmings. Blue and pink were popular colours, and descriptions in contemporary ladies' magazines used evocative names such as 'celestial blue', and 'maiden's-blush rose', adding to the ethereal quality of the dresses.

Physical description

Evening dress of silk gauze embroidered with silk and trimmed with silk satin.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1820-1824 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk gauze, embroidered with silk thread and trimmed with silk satin


Length: 114 cm Under bust to hem, Circumference: 76 cm Under bust


Silk gauze




Fashion; Evening wear; Clothing; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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