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On short term loan out for exhibition

Dress

ca. 1865 (made)
Place Of Origin

Wide skirts were a focal feature of fashion during this period. By 1865 the fullness of the skirt had receded towards the back of the garment creating a flatter front. Women wore crinoline petticoats made of steel hoops under their dresses to give them this distinctive shape. Lightweight dress fabrics such as silk and muslin were popular as they draped gracefully over the crinoline cage.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Skirt
  • Bodice
Materials and Techniques
Hand embroidered silk, taffeta, lace, steel beads and steel bead braid
Brief Description
Dress of hand embroidered and trimmed silk, French, ca. 1865
Physical Description
Dress of green/blue silk with lace collar, hand embroidered in black silk (satin stitch and French knots) enhanced with steel beads and trimmed with black taffeta and black silk and steel bead braid.
Dimensions
  • Length: 25.5cm
Summary
Wide skirts were a focal feature of fashion during this period. By 1865 the fullness of the skirt had receded towards the back of the garment creating a flatter front. Women wore crinoline petticoats made of steel hoops under their dresses to give them this distinctive shape. Lightweight dress fabrics such as silk and muslin were popular as they draped gracefully over the crinoline cage.
Collection
Accession Number
T.433&A-1976

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record createdMarch 11, 2005
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