Not currently on display at the V&A

Dress

ca. 1869 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This ensemble is an example of fashionable women’s daywear for summer in the late 1860s. The light muslin bodice and skirt are unlined, but they were probably worn over an opaque under-dress. There is an overskirt over the back of the dress, accentuating the bustle that by this time was worn underneath. The off-the-shoulder seam and sleeves with width at the elbow are typical of the 1860s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Skirt
  • Bodice
  • Overskirt
Materials and Techniques
Cotton muslin, trimmed with satin, bobbin lace and machine embroidered whitework
Physical Description
The dress is trimmed with applied bands of emerald green satin, and insertions of Midland Counties bobbin lace and machine-made white work embroidery. It consists of a blouse, loose-fitting and below the waist in length, with a high, round neck and a concealed front fastening. The sleeves are long and medium-wide. The matching skirt, which is very full, is straight-cut in front, gored and pleated at the sides and tightly gathered at the centre of the back. It is unlined, but has a deep facing at the hem. Over it is a polonaise, arranged in graduated swagged festoons. There is a satin belt trimmed with a rosette.
Credit line
Given by Miss Ada B. Cooper
Summary
This ensemble is an example of fashionable women’s daywear for summer in the late 1860s. The light muslin bodice and skirt are unlined, but they were probably worn over an opaque under-dress. There is an overskirt over the back of the dress, accentuating the bustle that by this time was worn underneath. The off-the-shoulder seam and sleeves with width at the elbow are typical of the 1860s.
Collection
Accession Number
T.12 to B-1943

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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