Cotton muslin daydress with lace and embroidery, designer unknown

Cotton muslin daydress with lace and embroidery, designer unknown

Day dress
Designer unknown
England
About 1869
Cotton muslin, trimmed with satin, bobbin lace and machine whitework
Museum no. T.12 to B-1943
Given by Miss Aida B. Cooper

This ensemble is an example of fashionable women’s daywear for summer in the late 1860s. The light muslin bodice and skirt are unlined, but they were probably worn over an opaque under-dress. There is an overskirt over the back of the dress, accentuating the bustle that by this time was worn underneath. The off-the-shoulder seam and sleeves with width at the elbow are typical of the 1860s.