Not currently on display at the V&A

Dress

1805-1810 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This muslin gown is a typical evening ensemble of the period 1800-1810. The embroidered design of flowers has been worked in cotton and silver thread with tiny gold spangles (sequins). It resembles fashion plates and descriptions from the fashion magazine La Belle Assemblée of 1807. A new development in dressmaking is the fastening of the gown at the back rather than the front.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Muslin, embroidered with cotton and silver thread, lined with linen, hand-sewn
Physical Description
Embroidered muslin dress
Dimensions
  • Length: 132.5cm (Note: shoulder to hem at back)
  • Width: 37cm (Note: across the shoulders)
  • Length: 130cm (Note: from shoulders to hem at the front)
  • Depth: 12.5cm (Note: depth of bodice)
Credit line
Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
Summary
This muslin gown is a typical evening ensemble of the period 1800-1810. The embroidered design of flowers has been worked in cotton and silver thread with tiny gold spangles (sequins). It resembles fashion plates and descriptions from the fashion magazine La Belle Assemblée of 1807. A new development in dressmaking is the fastening of the gown at the back rather than the front.
Bibliographic Reference
Rothstein, Natalie. Four Hundred Years of Fashion. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984. ISBN: 1851771166.
Collection
Accession Number
T.673-1913

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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