Day dress (bodice and skirt)
Silk trimmed with bugle beads and silk fringe, lined with cotton and whalebone
Museum no. T.174&A-1965
Given by Miss M. Frobisher
This dress is a typical example of women’s fashionable day wear from the mid-1860s. The contours of the crinoline have altered from a bell shape to a profile that is fairly flat in front, with the bulk of volume at the back. 'The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine' of 1865 reported the change as follows: ‘Dresses incline more and more to the Princess Shape. All the widths are gored, the skirt is scant and short at the front and forms a long sweeping train at the back.’ The subtle stripes of grey, blue and black are left unadorned, except for a bugle bead and silk fringe which decorates the bodice, the edge of the collar and the over-sleeves.