Bodice

1630-1639 (made)
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In the 1630s, women’s fashions featured high waistlines and short full sleeves set deep into the back of the bodice. This bodice demonstrates that slashing, popular in the 16th century, continued well into the 17th century. The satin has been deliberately cut in regularly placed wavy lines, and its edges cut into scallops. The bodice has a boned foundation of canvas and buckram on the inside, which laces at the front. Although only the bodice of this outfit now survives, it would have been worn with a petticoat and the ensemble completed with stomacher, lace ruff and cuffs.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn
Brief Description
Woman's bodice, English, 1630s, oyster-coloured satin, slashed and scalloped
Physical Description
Ivory satin, slashed, with internal foundation of buckram and linen, reinforced with whalebone, lined with silk taffeta.
Dimensions
  • Approx. length: 42.5cm
  • Approx., overall width: 88.0cm
Object history
This bodice was acquired as part of the Isham Collection
Summary
In the 1630s, women’s fashions featured high waistlines and short full sleeves set deep into the back of the bodice. This bodice demonstrates that slashing, popular in the 16th century, continued well into the 17th century. The satin has been deliberately cut in regularly placed wavy lines, and its edges cut into scallops. The bodice has a boned foundation of canvas and buckram on the inside, which laces at the front. Although only the bodice of this outfit now survives, it would have been worn with a petticoat and the ensemble completed with stomacher, lace ruff and cuffs.
Bibliographic References
  • Costigliolo, Luca, 'Slashed satin bodice', in North, Susan and Jenny Tiramani, eds, Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, vol.1, London: V&A Publishing, 2011, pp.70-87
  • Rothstein, Natalie, ed, Four Hundred Years of Fashion, London: V&A Museum, 1982
  • Hearn, Karen, ed., Van Dyck & Britain, London: Tate Britain, 2009, p.128
Collection
Accession Number
172-1900

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record createdAugust 25, 2005
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