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Day dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1908 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered net, satin ribbon, lined with lawn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA6, shelf FIG11 []

This pink linen dress bears no makers label, but is likely to be made by a high end dressmaker of the sort employed for less important and less costly gowns. The centre front of the skirt is cut on the cross, giving a graceful hang to the fabric and the dress is trimmed with cotton braid and embroidered striped net. The gilet front adds to the fashionable pouched bodice shape of the Edwardian silhouette.

Even a relatively understated garment such as this, probably worn for summer activities such as walking in the park or an event like Henley Regatta, demonstrates the necessity of the help of a ladies maid whilst dressing. The dress fastens at the back with well over twenty hooks and eyes all carefully concealed beneath the scallops of the upper part of the skirt and within the folds of the upper bodice. A separate piece of crochet is secured at the back, again by hooks and eyes to conceal the fastenings.

This dress marks the point before the narrower straight silhouette of the full-length hobble-skirt became fashionable. It sits several inches off the ground and still has residual fullness at the back. The dress is part of a collection of well over 100 pieces of clothing worn by Miss Heather Firbank and donated to the museum in 1960.

Physical description

Pale rose pink linen day dress with a gilet fronted bodice and sleeve ends of embroidered striped net mounted on the top of white lawn lining. Covered linen button details to the bodice and the back of skirt, fullness in back. Collar embroidered with rouleaux braid, and a black satin ribbon bow at the neck.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1908 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered net, satin ribbon, lined with lawn

Descriptive line

Linen day dress trimmed with machine lace and machine embroidery, Great Britain, ca. 1908


Linen; Lawn; Net




Fashion; Day wear; Women's clothes; Embroidery; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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