In the 1770s and 1780s printed cotton fabrics began to replace silk in popularity for women’s gowns. The material of this gown has a dotted ground and is printed in a repeating pattern of floral sprays. The gown has a fitted back and open front below the waist, revealing a petticoat of the same fabric. The lack of decoration and use of cotton instead of silk indicates that this gown was probably worn during summer afternoons for card games and tea parties, rather than for evening dress.
japanese traditional 'fukuro' obi belt. Lavish use of gold and silver threads in hand embroidered and painted chrysanthemum flowers and golden leaf motif. 1930s, silk brocaide. Frequently these obi were more expensive than the kimonos they adorned.
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Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn in 1735-1749, silver, gold, parchment Engageantes of an 18th century sack back gown ca. 1765. Antonia Roxton wears exquisite sleeve ruffles such as this. AUTUMN DUCHESS
Elizabethan period costume - corseted elizabethan-shaped bodice constructed in an elaborate brocade, embellished with further beading and faux fur. The main skirt was in a deep cream silk, opening at the front to show a brocade panel, enhanced with pearls.