Silk day dress trimmed with beads and fringe, designer unknown

Silk day dress trimmed with beads and fringe, designer unknown

Day dress (bodice and skirt)
Designer unknown
About 1866
Great Britain
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.