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  • Place of origin:

    France (textile, weaving)
    England (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1790s (weaving)
    1795 - 1800 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silk thread, whalebone; hand-woven, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr J. Sassoon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of pale blue figured silk. It is closed at the front witha high waist and long, one-piece sleeves to the wrist. The gown is made of 4 widths of silk with two triangular gores of silk at each side. There is no waist seam, except for the centre back, where the skirt is finely pleated into the pieced diamond-shaped back. The front neckline of the gown is curved, with a hem casing and drawstrings (cord are later replacements), and an opening in the seam at centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined with blue silk taffeta. The bodice front linings are separate from the bodice fronts. The front edges of the bodice lining are boned with 6 worked eyelets. There is a narrow belt of silk attached to each side seam for fastening at the front.

Place of Origin

France (textile, weaving)
England (gown, sewing)


1790s (weaving)
1795 - 1800 (sewing)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, silk thread, whalebone; hand-woven, hand-sewn


Length: 199.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 84.5 cm bust of lining, under armholes approx, Width: 54.8 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1795-1800, English; Pale blue figured silk, French, 1790s


Silk (textile); Silk thread; Whalebone


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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