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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1876-1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, trimmed with silk ribbon and machine-made lace, lined with cotton, reinforced with whalebone, machine and hand sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Thérèse Horner

  • Museum number:

    T.130&A-1958

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ensemble characterises fashionable evening wear for women in the late 1870s. The elbow-length sleeves and square neckline show that it was probably a dinner dress rather than ball gown. Tiers of machine-made lace adorn the skirt and bodice; an overskirt of satin swathes the front of the dress. The bodice extends into a point below the waistline in front and back. This was a new style, known as a ‘cuirasse’ bodice, which appeared in fashion magazines about 1875 and remained fashionable through the 1880s.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1876-1878 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, trimmed with silk ribbon and machine-made lace, lined with cotton, reinforced with whalebone, machine and hand sewn

Categories

Clothing; Evening wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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