Dress

ca. 1842 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This dress is characteristic of fashionable styles of the early 1840s. The neckline is wide with a deep collar or ‘bertha’. The long, tight sleeves are typical of the 1840s, while the short over-sleeves recall the elaborate sleeves of the 1830s. The waist is lengthened in front with a point both front and back. The elaborate applied decorations of the 1830s are now no longer fashionable. The satin of this dress is left quite plain, except for a braid edging on the collar.


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

  • Dress
  • Collar (Neckwear)
Materials and Techniques
Silk satin, lined with cotton, calico and glazed cotton, brass, and reinforced with whalebone
Brief Description
Hand-sewn silk satin dress with a fichu collar, England, ca. 1842
Physical Description
Hand-sewn silk satin dress with a fichu collar.
Credit line
Given by Mrs J. P. Friend Smith
Summary
This dress is characteristic of fashionable styles of the early 1840s. The neckline is wide with a deep collar or ‘bertha’. The long, tight sleeves are typical of the 1840s, while the short over-sleeves recall the elaborate sleeves of the 1830s. The waist is lengthened in front with a point both front and back. The elaborate applied decorations of the 1830s are now no longer fashionable. The satin of this dress is left quite plain, except for a braid edging on the collar.
Collection
Accession Number
T.848&A-1974

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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