Costume in wool check, France

Costume in wool check, France

Costume in wool check
France
c.1897
Wool, trimmed with ribbon, braid and machine-made lace; bodice lined in cotton
Museum no. T.139-1961
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Bodice and skirt in wool check. The waist-length bodice is designed to suggest a bolero jacket, to which is applied bands of black silk braid edged with a black and white fringe. The sleeves are long and tight with a slightly puffed and tucked sleeve-head. The bodice is mounted on and fastens over a front-fastening cotton lining, boned at the main seams. The skirt fits closely and is made from two cross-cut main panels, with a double box pleat at the centre back hem and faced round the bottom with lilac silk.