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Day dress and belt

Day dress and belt

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1866-1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ribbed silk trimmed with machine lace, lined with silk

  • Museum number:

    T.238&A-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

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

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1866-1868 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ribbed silk trimmed with machine lace, lined with silk

Dimensions

Length: 1695 mm nape to hem dress, Width: 2400 mm Across hem back dress approx, Diameter: 670 mm belt waist, Length: 450 mm tail length

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Woman's day dress in ribbed silk and lace, and matching belt, England, 1866-1868.

Materials

Silk; Lace

Categories

Women's clothes; Fashion; Lace; Marriage; Day wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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