Purple satin dress
Museum no. T. 113-1964
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The dress fastens at the back from the narrow band collar to the hips with silver-plated buttons in a Florentine design. The tight, three-quarter sleeves are entirely gauged and trimmed at the cuffs with two rows of pleated bands. The front is fitted to the figure as far as the hips, and is designed to suggest a jacket. It is trimmed round the edges with motifs in iridescent beads and worn over a pleated and ruched stomacher front with a mock lacing. At the hips it is draped back into paniers which knot over the train. The skirt is ruched as far as the knees, where it is arranged in pleated tabs with pendant chenille tassels mounted over crenelated tabs and bands of pleats. The sleeves and the bodice (which is boned) are lined with white glazed cotton, the skirt with mauve polished cotton. The back breadth is lined with stiffened cotton and held in place with tapes.