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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1820-1823 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, trimmed with applied silk satin and bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Mrs Grisell Hastings

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This evening dress of the early 1820s illustrates the popular decorative techniques of the period. Piping (very thin rolls of fabric) and thicker rolls were braided and intertwined and applied to the dress, along with pieces of fabric in the shape of leaves and petals. They were all made of the same silk of the dress. Silk lace also adorns the bodice. Etiquette of the period was very strict about the different styles of dress worn during the day and evening. Day wear always had long sleeves and high necklines. A lower neckline and short sleeves were appropriate only for evening dress.

Physical description

Evening dress of pink-rose silk satin trimmed with applied silk satin and blond silk bobbin lace. The skirt is set smoothly at the front but is tightly gathered at the centre of the back and gored to flare at the hem. The dress fastens at the back with hooks and eyes. Puffed sleeves, medium high waist and square neck.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


1820-1823 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, trimmed with applied silk satin and bobbin lace


Length: 14.8 cm length of bodice, Length: 127.3 cm Centre front, Circumference: 70.5 cm waist

Descriptive line

Evening dress of silk satin trimmed with applied silk satin and silk bobbin lace, possibly made in Great Britain or France, 1820-1823


Women's clothes; Evening wear; Fashion; Textiles; Lace; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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