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Stomacher

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ribbed silk, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered with coloured silks and silver thread, printed cotton lining

  • Museum number:

    702-1902

  • 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 rather inelegantly shaped and has been pieced together with scraps of silk. Nevertheless, the carefully shaded petals and leaves have been skilfully embroidered and the tabs were worked to shape. The pinholes in the tabs on either side indicate how it was attached to the gown.

Physical description

An ivory ribbed silk stomacher, pieced in several places, embroidered with partially wrapped silver thread, coloured silks. In the middle within a V-shaped space formed by two overlaid pieces of silk is a flowering rose-stem on a ground closely covered with scrolling stems. At the bottom are six narrow strips filled with floral stems. The lining is of cotton, printed in red with vertical stripes containing small detached flowers and dots.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1730-1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ribbed silk, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered with coloured silks and silver thread, printed cotton lining

Dimensions

Length: 12.75 in, Width: 9.5 in max.

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 17245/1902.

Descriptive line

Stomacher, ivory ribbed silk, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered with coloured silks and silver thread, printed cotton lining, England, 1730-1750

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

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 200

Materials

Silk (textile); Cotton (textile); Silk thread; Silver thread

Techniques

Hand sewing; Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Roses (flowers); Scrollwork

Categories

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

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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