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  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton muslin, trimmed with openwork

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Joan Gibbon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)


ca. 1818 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton muslin, trimmed with openwork

Descriptive line

Dress of embroidered cotton muslin, possibly made in England or France, ca. 1818


Clothing; Day wear; Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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