Touch Tour: Designs for women's muslin gowns and aprons of the 1780-90's
- What:Programmes for blind & partially-sighted visitors
- Where:Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
TOUCH TOUR: By the end of the eighteenth century, structured dress made from heavy textiles was replaced with gowns made from feather-light muslin and cotton partly inspired by draped figures in Greek and Roman sculpture.
From an initial study of an embroidered mantua of 1740-5 using tactile images we will then look at a muslin gown and a closer perusal of designs for embroidered fashion and an embroidered muslin skirt panel. We will also be investigating a copy of a pair of pockets worn beneath gowns, a hoop petticoat, and a nineteenth-century reticule when bulky pockets were unsuitable for the slim line of the muslin gown.