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  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    ca. 1893 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk, velvet, applied machine-lace, glass beads and metal embroidery, satin ribbons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of Major and Mrs. W. Mackay Mackenzie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress with train, purple ribbed silk trimmed with velvet of a similar tint, embroidered net, and machine-made lace, bows of narrow pink satin ribbon, and applied embroidery in metal thread and purple glass beads.

The bodice is close-fitting, slightly pointed in front, with small tails at the back, and it fastens at the front; it has an upright collar, V-shaped stomacher, raised epaulettes, sleeves puffed to the elbow and tight beyond to the wrists, with dentated cuffs.

The skirt is pleated in front with a long plush insertion widening to the bottom edge on the left side; the spreading train is plain and rounded.

Place of Origin

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


ca. 1893 (made)



Materials and Techniques

silk, velvet, applied machine-lace, glass beads and metal embroidery, satin ribbons

Object history note

Displayed in the costume court at the V&A, 1962-1979

Descriptive line

Dress, bodice and skirt, purple ribbed silk, France or England, ca.1893


Silk; Velvet; Lace; Satin; Glass




Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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