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  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A stomacher is a decorative panel of fabric, usually triangular in shape, worn to fill the space between the front edges of a woman’s open gown. The stomacher formed part of the ensemble of fashionable women’s dress from the 1680s to the 1780s. This example is embroidered in coloured silks in a pattern of leaves and flowers. The diagonal lacing is decorative only, as pin holes in the tabs on either side of the stomacher indicate how it was fastened to the gown.

Physical description

A stomacher of blue silk taffeta, embroidered in coloured silk in a floral pattern, with non-functional lacing across the front. Lined with early block-printed linen.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)


1730-1750 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered

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. 200


Linen; Silk thread; Silk taffeta


Block printing; Hand sewing; Hand embroidery


Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

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