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.