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Afternoon dress

Afternoon dress

  • Place of origin:

    New York (made)

  • Date:

    1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Appel (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shot silk, net, applied with machine-made lace, lined with silk and buckram, silk gauze, boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major and Mrs Broughton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Afternoon dress consisting of a bodice and skirt of red and black shot silk. The bodice and skirt are overlaid with black net with black chemical lace appliqués. The elbow-length puffed sleeves have unlined chemical lace lower sleeves. The high neck is covered with a swathe of silk gauze. Lined with silk. The bodice is boned and the skirt is lined with black buckram with a frill at the hem.

Place of Origin

New York (made)


1895 (made)


Appel (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Shot silk, net, applied with machine-made lace, lined with silk and buckram, silk gauze, boned

Object history note

This dress was owned by Cara Broughton, née Cara Leland Huttleston Rogers (1867-1939), who married Urban Hanlon Broughton (1857-1929) in 1895. As Urban H. Broughton died before he could be elevated to a peerage, their eldest son Urban H.R. Broughton (1896-1966) became 1st Baron Fairhaven of Lode on 20 March 1929, while Cara became 1st Lady Fairhaven. This barony became extinct on Urban H.R.Broughton's death, but a later barony, Baron Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, co. Cambridge, was granted to him in 1961, with a remainder to his brother, Henry (1900-1973), to enable this title to continue after his death without male heirs.

This forms part of a large donation of late 19th and early 20th century garments and accessories (with a few historical textiles) donated to the Museum in 1972 by Cara's grandson and Henry's son, Major Ailwyn Broughton and his wife, a year before Ailwyn became Lord Fairhaven following his father's death.

Some of the nineteenth century garments are thought to have been worn by Cara's sister, Anne (1865-1924).

Descriptive line

Dress of shot silk and net with chemical lace appliqués, designed by Appel, New York, 1895


Shot silk; Chemical lace; Net


Fashion; Women's clothes; Day wear; Lace; Textiles

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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