Printed cotton summer dress, designer unknown

Printed cotton summer dress, designer unknown

Day dress
Designer unknown
About 1858-60
Great Britain
Printed cotton, trimmed with whitework embroidery
Museum no. T.702-1913
Given by Messrs. Harrods

This is an example of a fashionable summer day dress of the late 1850s. Typical of the period are the full ‘pagoda’ sleeves and the bodice gathered from the shoulders into the lower front waist. Tiered skirts were popular in the 1850s. The fabric was printed with a decorative border expressly for use as tiers of a dress. It was known by the French term 'à disposition'.