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Stomacher

Stomacher

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1769 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, hand sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Anne Thirlwall Davies and Mrs Sandra Thirlwall Jones in memory of their beloved mother, Mrs Frances Grace Davies

  • Museum number:

    T.48-2008

  • 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 version with a buttoned front was popular in the 1760s and known as the 'compére' style. It is trimmed with ruchings and a bow made of silk with pinked edges.

Physical description

A stomacher of pink silk in the compere style, with 6 buttons, trimmed with ruching and bow of same silk pinked and gathered. The stomacher is lined with linen and there are two 18th c. pins affixed.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1760-1769 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, hand sewn

Dimensions

Length: 36.2 cm approx., Width: 27.2 cm approx.

Descriptive line

Stomacher, pink silk, Great Britain, 1760s

Materials

Silk taffeta; Linen; Silk thread

Techniques

Hand weaving; Hand sewing

Categories

Textiles; Clothing

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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