Silk dress, France

Silk dress, France

Dress
France
1863 - 1865
Silk trimmed with taffeta and a lace collar
Museum no.T.433-1976
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Green silk bodice and matching skirt. The silk material is hand-embroidered in silk and cut-steel beads, trimmed with taffeta and with a lace collar. The long skirt is fuller at the back and flatter at the front in keeping with the fashion of this period and would be worn over a steel hooped crinoline petticoat to give this distinctive shape.