Silk day dress, designer unknown

Silk day dress, designer unknown

Day dress
Designer unknown
About 1870
Great Britain
Silk, trimmed with silk ribbon and silk satin, lined with glazed linen, machine and hand sewn
Given by Miss R. Wilson
Museum no. T.152 to B-1966

By 1870 the circumference of the skirt had reduced considerably from its proportions in the mid-1860s. Fullness remained at the back, where it was swathed over a bustle and tied with tapes on the inside to allow the skirt to drape in a becoming fashion. This ensemble illustrates the decorations, especially fringing and applied ruffles, that were popular at the time. The unfitted jacket and fairly loose-fitting skirt suggest that the ensemble might have been worn by an older woman.