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Stomacher

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silver-gilt thread, silk thread, hand-sewn and hand-embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. Sanguinetti

  • Museum number:

    T.182-1958

  • 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 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.

Physical description

A stomacher of cream silk embroidered with coloured silk and silver-gilt thread to resemble the front of a man's waistcoat (buttons, false buttonholes and skirts)

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1760-1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silver-gilt thread, 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. 202

Materials

Silk taffeta; Silver-gilt thread; Silk thread

Techniques

Hand sewing; Hand embroidery

Categories

Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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