Not currently on display at the V&A

Dress

1858-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is an example of a fashionable summer day dress of the late 1850s. Typical of the period are the full ‘pagoda’ sleeves and the bodice gathered from the shoulders into the lower front waist. Tiered skirts were popular in the 1850s. The fabric was printed with a decorative border expressly for use as tiers of a dress. It was known by the French term à disposition’.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Printed cotton, trimmed with whitework embroidery, hand-sewn
Physical description
The design is printed in lilac and beige and the dress is trimmed with white-work embroidery. The body of the dress has an all- over lilac sprig pattern and the flounce a formal floral design. The bodice has a plain, round neck and extra fullness at the bust gathered just above the waist. It fastens at the back. The sleeves are tight to just above the elbow, and then flare widely. The flounced skirt is gathered onto a slightly peaked waistband.
Credit line
Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
Summary
This is an example of a fashionable summer day dress of the late 1850s. Typical of the period are the full ‘pagoda’ sleeves and the bodice gathered from the shoulders into the lower front waist. Tiered skirts were popular in the 1850s. The fabric was printed with a decorative border expressly for use as tiers of a dress. It was known by the French term à disposition’.
Collection
Accession number
T.702-1913

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

Record createdApril 3, 2000
Record URL
Download as: JSONIIIF Manifest