Dress and jacket ensemble, England

Dress and jacket ensemble, England

Dress and jacket ensemble
English
c. 1870
Brown silk, satin ribbon, silk fringe
Museum no. T. 152-1966
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The dress consists of a loose, waist-length bodice which fastens in the front and is worn inside the waistband of the matching skirt. It is lined with glazed linen and held in position with tapes at the waist. The sleeves are a short wrist-length with a trimming of ruching and fringe for the cuffs. The skirt is gored, fitted to the hips with darts and tightly gathered at the back. Inside are tapes and loops to adjust the length and drape. The jacket is a short hip-length and loose in front. It is longer at the back and is semi- fitted with a central vent. It has a round neck trimmed with ribbons and fringe and fastens with covered, embroidered buttons. The loops and tapes within the skirt are a simple but effective way of adapting a skirt to a bustle.