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Dress

ca. 1818 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

By the beginning of the 1820s, the waistline had started to move down. New historical influences are visible in dress styles. This particular example has a gathered collar in imitation of the ruffs of 16th century dress. The sleeve with a series of puffs down the arm was known as a ‘Marie’ sleeve, after a similar style worn by Marie de Médicis, Queen of France at the beginning of the 17th century.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered cotton muslin, trimmed with openwork
Brief Description
Dress of embroidered cotton muslin, possibly made in England or France, ca. 1818
Physical Description
Dress of embroidered white cotton muslin with open-work and puffed and gathered trimming. The bodice has a fairly high waist and fastens at the centre back with tapes and buttons. The front is horizontally gauged between two bands of embroidery. There is a double-layer ruff collar. The skirt is slightly gored, gathered at the centre back, and trimmed at the hem with puffed and gathered bands and frills. The sleeves are long with epaulettes, puffed oversleeves and frilled cuffs. The body of the sleeve is gathered into a series of puffs.
Credit line
Given by Miss Joan Gibbon
Summary
By the beginning of the 1820s, the waistline had started to move down. New historical influences are visible in dress styles. This particular example has a gathered collar in imitation of the ruffs of 16th century dress. The sleeve with a series of puffs down the arm was known as a ‘Marie’ sleeve, after a similar style worn by Marie de Médicis, Queen of France at the beginning of the 17th century.
Collection
Accession Number
T.79-1972

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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