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Pair of stockings

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered and machine-knitted silk with sequins and beads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Dowager Lady Swaythling

  • Museum number:

    T.53&A-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, room 40, case X19

Physical description

Pair of black silk knitted stockings embroidered with green sequins and green and gold beads. Decorated with a winding silver snake that curls twice around the lower leg and whose head rests on the forepart of foot.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered and machine-knitted silk with sequins and beads

Marks and inscriptions

'G.E.'

Dimensions

Length: 9.5 in foot, Length: 29 in leg

Object history note

Exhibited at the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900. Extremely reminscent of Toulouse Lautrec's iconic 1899 image of Jane Avril, with a serpent coiled around her form-fitting black dress.

Descriptive line

Pair of silk knitted stockings embroidered with sequins and beads, France, 1900

Exhibition History

Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion (Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 16/04/2016-05/02/2017)

Materials

Silk; Beads; Sequins

Techniques

Embroidery; Beading

Subjects depicted

Snake (animal)

Categories

Underwear; Fashion; Accessories; Embroidery; Footwear; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

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