Summer dress, designer unknown

Summer dress, designer unknown

Summer dress
Designer unknown
About 1885
Bristol
White cotton, trimmed with Bedfordshire Maltese lace, machine-stitched and hand-finished
Museum no. T.224&A-1927
Given by Mrs. Phayre

This light summer dress would have been ideal for a hot climate. It is said to have been made in 1885 in Clifton, a district of Bristol in the West of England, and worn in Burma. It has the fashionable bustle shape and copious trimmings but is comparatively hard-wearing, light and easy to wear. It would also have been easy to wash, unlike the silk satin dresses that were fashionable during this period. Dresses with asymmetrical drapes and inserted waistcoat effects were in fashion from 1884. The West End Gazette for February 1885 illustrated a similar example (page 178).