[No: XII | By Viveka Hansen]
This is the first “Textile Thought” concentrating on the skilled dressmaking on one single 1850s Victorian dress from the Whitby Museum Costume Collection. Demonstrating that sleeves getting wider to reach their greatest extent about 1857-58, skirt very wide and held by a gathering; heavy brocade-woven silk, preferably decorated with fringes and ribbons; costumes often three-piece with a fringed triangular shawl. A growing trend away from the horsehair crinolines that increased the breadth of the skirt, in favour of the new crinoline frames that considerably increased the skirt’s extent all round.To be continued with more extracts…
[Extract (Chapter 5 & research material) for the forthcoming book ‘The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914’, see “NEWS”]. PUBLISHED JUNE 15TH, 2015.
PLEASE REFERENCE AS FOLLOWS:
- Hansen, Viveka, ‘Gathering and Bell-shaped Sleeves’, TEXTILIS (December 6, 2013); http://textilis.net/ (Accessed: Day/Month/Year)