Silk satin dress edged with braid, with lace shawl

Silk satin dress edged with braid, with lace shawl

Dress
Designer unknown
1845-50
England
Silk satin lined with cotton, edged with brush braid
Museum no. T.856-1919

By the end of the 1840s, the wide neckline had closed up to a high, round opening. The waist remained long and narrow, ending in a point below the waistline. This particular example is made of silk satin, striped in a complex arrangement of purple, crimson, magenta, grey and white. The sleeves are beginning to widen at the wrist into a slight bell shape. This dress was probably made in the mid-1840s and then altered about five years later to accommodate a change in style. The sleeves have had gores inserted at the wrist to bring them up to date with the new fashion.