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Gown

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
    Great Britain (sewing)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720 (weaving)
    1760-69 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, cotton, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, passementerie

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Harrods

  • Museum number:

    T.695-1913

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of beige silk brocaded with a lattice pattern in gold-coloured thread and leaves and flowers in green, pink, purple, white and gold-coloured silks. The gown is in the English or 'tight back' style and open at the front. It has elbow-length sleeves and double sleeve ruffles edged with a beige silk gimp braid. The skirts have wide pleats at the waist seam.

The gown is heavily pieced, suggesting a complete refashioning of an earlier garment. The bodice and sleeves are lined with linen; the skirt and sleeve ruffles with unbleached muslin.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
Great Britain (sewing)

Date

ca. 1720 (weaving)
1760-69 (sewing)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, cotton, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, passementerie

Dimensions

Length: 139.5 cm shoulder to hem at centre front approx, Circumference: 70.0 cm bust under armholes approx

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1760s, English, of beige silk with lattice-pattern in gold-coloured silk and multi-colour floral motifs, c1720, Spitalfields

Materials

Silk (textile); Linen (material); Book muslin; Silk thread; Linen thread

Techniques

Technique; Hand weaving; Brocading; Hand sewing

Categories

Women's clothes; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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