Dress, designer unknown

Dress, designer unknown

Dress
Designer unknown
About 1897
France
Wool, trimmed with ribbon, braid and machine-made lace, the bodice lined with cotton
Museum no. T.139-1961
Given by Mrs A. Perrot

This dress was worn by the mother of the donor and is said to have been bought in Paris. It was probably ready-made. Boleros and figure-moulding, flared skirts were very fashionable at the time. The Queen showed examples with epaulettes, blouse fronts and pointed belts (2 April 1895). Another magazine illustrated a similar example: 'The newest bell skirts are absolutely without fullness at the top….It fits closely over the hips and begins to form a series of fluted pleats a little above the knee' ('Our Lessons in Dressmaking', Myra's Journal, 80, 1 April 1894).

The soft colours of this dress anticipate the pastel shades of the early 20th century.