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    This skirt is signed in embroidered stitches by its maker, Maria Papadopoula, and dated 1757. The top pleated edge is intended to be worn not around the waist but higher, under the arms, held in place by shoulder straps. It is constructed from five loom-widths of a mixed cotton and linen. The opening down the middle of the central width would have allowed room for it to be put on, and also facilitated breast-feeding.

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A jaunty, sensible woman’s outfit of the early 1870s designed for boating or seaside walking. A hemline just at the ankle indicates a garment intended for walking outdoors. The style of the dress has been inspired by the colours and stripes of sailors' uniforms. It is made of cotton, so it is easily washed and dried. Despite its practical use, the ensemble still incorporates the details of fashionable dress, with an overskirt in front and a bustle worn underneath at the back.

Dress Place of origin: Great Britain, united kingdom (made) Date: 1845-1850 (made) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Printed wool lined with glazed cotton, silk, boned, edged with braid Credit Line: Given by Mrs Geoffrey Myers Museum number: T.849-1974 Victoria & Albert Museum

Day Dress: ca. 1862, British, silk trimmed with silk braid and glass beads, lined with cotton, boned, edged with brush braid. "By the 1860s, skirts had reached their fullest point. They were worn over wire ‘cage crinolines’, which gave maximum volume with minimum weight. This dress illustrates the style of the early 1860s. It has only a slightly pointed waist and a sleeve wide at the elbow, but narrow at the wrist..."

V Collection - Silk gown trimmed with braid, satin, linen, beads, brass, bobbin lace & silk fringe, lined with cotton; boned. This 1868 day dress shows the separate overskirt, popular at this time. These were raised with cords & ribbon bows to create draped puffs or 'peplums'. which were copiously trimmed with silk fringe, brocaded satin braid, etc. The bodice has an 'v' neck, which is trimmed to make it appear as though the fabric overlaps.

ca. 1865 By the 1860s, skirts had reached their fullest point. They were worn over wire ‘cage crinolines’, which gave maximum volume with minimum weight. Loose mantles, cloaks and capes were popular forms of outer coverings during this period. When skirts are very full, they are easier to wear than tightly fitting coats and jackets.

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Dress Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: 1869-1870 (made) Artist/Maker: Vignon (designer)

Dress Date: 19th century Culture: Romanian Medium: a,b) cotton, silk c) silk, wool Metropolitan Museum of Art

1904 Silk Dress, closeup ~ Metropolitan Museum - The Costume Institute

This is a hell of a lot flashier than what I'm used to out of the 1700's... I'm used to embroidery, but this is downright shocking! 1725-1740, Italian, linen.

Chasuble, ca. 1330–1350 English Silk and silver-gilt thread and colored silks in underside couching, split stitch, laid-and-couched work, and raised work, with pearls on velvet