Photograph, portrait of Constance Lytton
Frederick Hollyer (1837-1933)
Museum no. 7821-1938
The dress worn in this photograph is distinctly 1890s in style. The sitter wears a high lace collar with leg of mutton sleeves, but this dress also has many of the features associated with the dress reform trend of the late 19th century. The trend ran parallel with the Arts and Crafts Movement and advocated a radically new approach to dress in an effort to free women from corsetry.