Dress by Liberty, England

Dress by Liberty, England

Dress
Liberty & Co
London, England
about 1894
Velvet, satin-stitch embroidery, iridescent beads
Museum no. T.17-1985
Made in Liberty's Artistic and Historic Costume Studio for a member of the Liberty family.
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The dress is inspired by the fashions of the late 15th century and consists of a dark green velvet overdress, with epaulettes, a wide V neckline, a high waist and a full, gathered skirt. It is trimmed with bands of satin-stitch embroidery in paler green silk and iridescent beads. The neckline is filled with a pleated front of green and yellow Liberty Hop and Ribbon damask. The same material is used for the gathered leg-of-mutton sleeves. The gown is lined with green silk and has a yellowish green frill at the hem. The bodice fastens in the front with hooks and eyes and is boned. The back of the skirt is held with tapes and elastic bands. The black satin waistband is marked: 'Liberty & Co Artistic and Historic Costume Studio, 222 Regent St, W.'