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Stomacher

1760-1780 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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 mimics the buttoned fastening and skirts of a man’s waistcoat. It may well have been worn with a jacket styled after masculine fashions, such as a woman’s riding coat. The design and execution of the embroidery, as well as the style of the stomacher, suggest an Italian origin.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, linen, silver, gold; hand-woven, hand-sewn; hand-embroidered
Brief Description
Woman's stomacher of cream silk, 1760-80, Italian; coloured & silver-gilt embroidery, waistcoat shape
Physical Description
Woman's stomacher of cream silk, lined with linen. It is embroidered with coloured silk floss and silver-gilt filé and filé-wrapped parchment in a floral design . It is shapled like the front of a woman's riiding waistcoat with skirts below the waist, uncut buttonholes and decorative buttons. The neck, centre fronts and skirts are bound with wide silver-gilt filé ribbon.
Dimensions
  • Length: 42.0cm (approx)
  • Width: 26.0cm (approx)
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Berens (Handwritten in black ink on white cotton tape and sewn to the back.)
Credit line
Given by Mrs P. Sanguinetti
Summary
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 mimics the buttoned fastening and skirts of a man’s waistcoat. It may well have been worn with a jacket styled after masculine fashions, such as a woman’s riding coat. The design and execution of the embroidery, as well as the style of the stomacher, suggest an Italian origin.
Bibliographic Reference
Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 202
Collection
Accession Number
T.182-1958

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record createdJuly 23, 2007
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