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Uses Of Silk

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Neckpiece | Helen Whitworth. Silk paper that she then dyed with batik combined with free standing embroidery elements

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Gown

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.

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not so pattern-based, more like its painted on- interesting use of quilting to pad out a garment into a coat

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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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Evening Dress, Norman Hartnell: ca. 1940's, silk, velvet. "This dress shows the influence of the ‘New Look’ introduced by Christian Dior in 1947, which combined a narrow waist with full skirts."

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Upcycle fashion by "From Somewhere". Made from luxury designer pre-consumer waste (proofs, swatches, production offcuts, end of rolls). From Somewhere have a single premise: to divert the fashion industry's production surplus and scraps from the landfill at the end of each season http://fromsomewhere.co.uk/

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Sack back

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

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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.

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