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1775-1870 (made)
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A woman's gown of lustring striped in pale green, cream and two shades of purple.

The gown has a bodice which meets at the centre front trimmed around the square neck and at the pointed waist with a pinked gathered band of self material. The cuffs are shaped to the elbow and ruched. The skirt is tightly gathered and laid on top of the back bodice in a point. Inside there are two green silk looped cords to gather up the skirt which fasten to the silk covered button above the waist on each side bodice seam. The bodice and sleeves are lined with white linen. There are two bones down the centre back with a tape stitched at the centre back waist. The skirt is faced back with white silk.

The apron consists of a petticoat panel which has been converted by shortening and mounting it at the waist on a figured blue green ribbon to which is added a long green tasselled cord.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Gown
  • Apron
Materials and Techniques
Silk with boning and lined with linen
Brief Description
A woman's gown, 1775-80, Scottish, striped green, cream and purple silk lustring, English, 1770-80; with a later apron of the same silk
Physical Description
A woman's gown of lustring striped in pale green, cream and two shades of purple.



The gown has a bodice which meets at the centre front trimmed around the square neck and at the pointed waist with a pinked gathered band of self material. The cuffs are shaped to the elbow and ruched. The skirt is tightly gathered and laid on top of the back bodice in a point. Inside there are two green silk looped cords to gather up the skirt which fasten to the silk covered button above the waist on each side bodice seam. The bodice and sleeves are lined with white linen. There are two bones down the centre back with a tape stitched at the centre back waist. The skirt is faced back with white silk.



The apron consists of a petticoat panel which has been converted by shortening and mounting it at the waist on a figured blue green ribbon to which is added a long green tasselled cord.
Gallery Label
Dress (robe à l’anglaise retroussée) About 1775 The light, summery silk of this dress was called ‘lustring’. The skirts were gathered up with loops, a new fashion referring to country working dress. The dress was originally constructed as a ‘sack-back’ or negligée, with loose pleats from the shoulders. Dresses were often altered, as fabric was so expensive. England Silk Shown with a replica petticoat Given by Miss A. Maishman Museum no. T.96-1972(2012)
Credit line
Given by Miss A. Maishman
Bibliographic References
  • Hart & North, ' Historic Dress in Detail' (V&A: V&A Publications, 1998)
  • Pietsch, Johannes. 2012. 'Naming a Woman's Gown dating to 1775-85' http://www.fashioningtheearlymodern.ac.uk/object-in-focus/naming-a-womans-gown/
Collection
Accession Number
T.96&A-1972

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record createdMarch 10, 2005
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