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  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    England (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin and machine-made lace, hand-stitched

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Nightgown and matching wrap of pale green silk satin with ecru-coloured machine-made lace. Hand-stitched.

The nightgown is straight cut, sleeveless and mid-calf length, and with a wide round neckline. The yoke is made of ecru lace and is bound around the neck and at the armholes with green satin, and with matching lace trimming around the hem. The fullness is hand tucked into the lace yoke.

The wrap is straight cut and sleeveless. Made from green satin. The armholes and edges are trimmed with ruched ribbon and flounces of ecru lace. There is a loop for suspension and two loops at the waist for a sash, which is now missing.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
England (possibly, made)


1922 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin and machine-made lace, hand-stitched

Object history note

This lingerie was made for and worn by Miss Emilie Grigsby (1876-1964) who was a wealthy independent American who came to England from New York. She established a salon which was frequented by writers and the military. She was considered to be one of the great international beauties, with extremely pale, almost transparent skin and golden hair. She was frequently the subject of articles in the New York Times during the early 20th century. Her clothes were purchased from couturiers in London, Paris, and New York, and demonstrated an elegantly avant-garde approach to style.

Descriptive line

Nightgown and wrap of silk satin with machine-made lace, possibly made in France or England, 1922


Silk satin


Fashion; Women's clothes; Underwear; Textiles; Lace


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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