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Bodice

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1660-1669 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, whalebone, bobbin lace, parchment, linen thread, silk thread, metal strip, hand-sewn

  • Museum number:

    429-1889

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bodice trimmed with parchment lace is a rare example of late 17th century women's dress in the V&A collections. Typical of 1660s fashion are the long waist, off-the-shoulder neckline and short, full, cartridge-pleated sleeves. The bodice fastening took the form of a lacing through the eyelets at the back. It has a complex understructure of boned channels and layers of linen, with a channel for a separate busk at the front. A petticoat of matching satin, with a padded roll underneath, would have been worn with the bodice, as part of a formal ensemble.

The bodice is decorated with a two-coloured silk cord in mushroom and cream, and a silk bobbin lace with silk-wrapped parchment, in green, pink, yellow, black, cream and tan.

Physical description

A boned silk satin bodice with off-shoulder neckline, elongated, pointed waist and short, full, pleated sleeves. Two lacing bands with eyelets for fastening at the back. Trimmed with bobbin lace made with silk-wrapped parchment and a variety of passementerie elements made of metal strip and purl wrapped with coloured silk threads. The bodice is lined with green, pink, blue and white chiné silk.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1660-1669 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, whalebone, bobbin lace, parchment, linen thread, silk thread, metal strip, hand-sewn

Dimensions

Length: 33 cm shoulder to hem at back, Length: 20 cm shoulder to lowest point at front

Object history note

Purchased from Miss Gifkins in 1889. No details of provenance on registered description.

Descriptive line

A woman's bodice, 1660s, ivory satin, trimmed with bobbin lace with parchment & coloured silk

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

Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 192
Rothstein, Natalie, ed, Four Hundred Years of Fashion, London: V&A Museum, 1982, p.18
Thornton, Claire, 'Satin Bodice', in North, Susan and Jenny Tiramani, eds, Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, vol.2, London: V&A Publishing, 2012, pp.38-79

Materials

Silk satin; Silk taffeta; Linen; Baleen; Parchment; Silk thread; Linen thread; Metal strip

Techniques

Hand sewing

Categories

Clothing; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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