Dress (dress, peplum and belt)
Silk, trimmed with silk braid, lined with glazed cotton and buckram, faced with silk and ribbon
Museum no. T.101&A&B-1972
Given by Miss A. Maishman
This ensemble is typical of fashionable women’s daywear of the early 1870s. The silk has a figured pattern of black and white leaves on a speckled ground. The dress is trimmed with silk braid. There is an overskirt over the back of the dress, accentuating the bustle that was now being worn underneath. Open sleeves of the kind seen here were very fashionable in the early 1870s. The fashion magazine 'The Queen' shows a dress with the same squared-edge sleeve in an issue for August 1870.