Silk satin, trimmed with velvet ribbon, lined with linen and silk, hand-sewn
Museum no. T.169-1959
Given by Lady Lindsey
This dress is typical of women’s fashions from the mid-1840s. It has long tight sleeves, a high round neck, and a long pointed waistline. It is made of silk satin in a tartan pattern. Tartan fabrics were very fashionable in the 1840s, thanks partly to the continuing popularity of Walter Scott’s historical novels, set in Scotland. Queen Victoria (ruled 1837-1901) had just acquired a royal residence at Balmoral, Scotland, and set the fashion for all things Scottish.