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  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1795-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block-printed and glazed cotton, lined with linen, silk ribbon, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. M. Cooper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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The cotton weaving and printing industries in Britain expanded greatly during the period 1775-1800. Cotton was a very popular fabric for clothing, from sheer muslins to heavy corduroys. It was part of the wardrobe of all classes. This printed cotton gown of the late 1790s could have been the Sunday best of a working-class woman or the informal morning gown of a wealthy lady. The very high waist and long sleeves are the typical fashion of this period.

Physical description

High-waisted robe made of block-printed and glazed cotton and with a train. The bodice is low-cut, the sides are gathered and are held together with draw tapes at the neck and waist. The robe has an open front. There are front bodice flaps attached to the linen lining of the back. There is no waist seam and the front of the robe forms semi-pleated robings. There are stitched pleats at the side and back which shape the robe to the body. These flow into the skirt as inverted pleats, double at the back and single at the front. The front corners of the skirt are turned back in a curve. The sleeves are long, curved and fasten at the wrist with covered horn buttons. Bound with silk ribbon at the wrist. The pattern consists of flowers and leaves in stripes.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)


1795-1800 (made)


Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Block-printed and glazed cotton, lined with linen, silk ribbon, hand-sewn


Length: 8.5 cm repeat, Width: 9.5 cm repeat

Descriptive line

High-waisted open robe made of block-printed and glazed cotton, England, 1795-1800


Textiles; Fashion; Informal wear; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

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