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Dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1866-1888 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and wool gauze, woven in twill and trimmed with satin, padded, cotton lining with brass hooks and eyes, boned, lace threaded with silk ribbon, and machine stitched

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gemini Mannequins

  • Museum number:

    T.396-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress made of cream silk and wool gauze (silk warp and wool weft) with blue silk striped woven in twill, and trimmed with matching blue satin. Square neck, long medium sleeves, a medium high waist and a gored skirt. The neck, shoulders, cuffs and bow have a blue satin trimming which consists of a double band of tucks, edged with triangles. Around the hem are three padded satin bands, which a tear shows to be stuffed with twisted strands of wool. There is a made-up bow with two pendant ends stitched at the centre back of the waist. The bodice fastens in front, and has a semi-attached glazed cotton lining which fastens with brass hooks and stitched eyes. Boned at each side of the back, on the darts and at the front. There is an inside waist tape. Narrow bands of cream Bedfordshire Maltese lace, threaded with blue silk ribbon, are stitched inside the neck and around the lining. The attached skirt is cut in eight gores, and arranged in narrow tucks at the waist which cover each stem. Slightly trained. Faced with stiffened cotton. Machine stitched and possibly even ready-made.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1866-1888 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk and wool gauze, woven in twill and trimmed with satin, padded, cotton lining with brass hooks and eyes, boned, lace threaded with silk ribbon, and machine stitched

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1819.
A simple and possibly cheap dress in a style which became fashionable ca. 1866, and its features are a square neck and a gored skirt. See Bibliography regarding Der Bazarmagazines. There is no English magazine available in the NAL for 1866.

Descriptive line

Dress made of silk and wool gauze and silk stripe satin trim, made in England, 1866-1888.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Der Bazar. 23 November 1866, p. 259
Der Bazar. 23 June 1866, p. 200
Der Bazar. 1st August 1866, p. 233
Ginsburg, M. Victorian Dress in Photographs. Batsfords, 1983. illust. pl. 63
Cunnington, C.W. Englishwomen's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century. Faber, 1939. p. 219 & p. 225

Materials

Silk thread; Wool yarn; Cotton (textile); Brass; Silk (textile)

Techniques

Twill weave; Trimmed; Satin weave; Padded; Lined; Boned; Lace making; Machine stitching

Subjects depicted

Stripes

Categories

Women's clothes; Lace; Fashion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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