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Day Dress

1866-1868 (made)
Place of origin

Woman's day dress in ribbed silk and matching belt.

Object details
Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Dress
  • Belt
Materials and techniques
Ribbed silk trimmed with machine lace, lined with silk
Brief description
Woman's day dress in ribbed silk and lace, and matching belt, England, 1866-1868.
Physical description
Woman's day dress in ribbed silk and matching belt.
  • Nape to hem dress length: 1695mm
  • Across hem back dress width: 2400mm (approx)
  • Belt waist diameter: 670mm
  • Tail length length: 450mm
Object history
The vendor of this dress, which was purchased at auction in 1983, stated that this dress had been a wedding dress from 1869, but no further details are known.

It was acquired as an example of Princess line construction, made popular by the couturier Charles Frederick Worth in the 1860s. The "Princess Line" was essentially a fitted dress made using long shaped panels to avoid a horizontal waist seam which separated the bodice from the skirt. Early examples of this style are rare.
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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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