Interactive: Cotton Gown & Petticoat, by Unknown Maker, about 1785
In the 1770s and 1780s printed cotton fabrics began to replace silk in popularity for women’s gowns. The material of this hand-sewn gown has a dotted ground and is printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprays. The gown has a fitted back and open front below the waist, revealing a petticoat of the same fabric. It is lined with linen. The lack of decoration and use of cotton instead of silk indicates that this gown was probably worn during summer afternoons for card games and tea parties, rather than for evening dress.
Museum no. T.274&A-1967
Given by Miss K. Lack