Bodice (1)


The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This bodice trimmed with parchment lace is a rare example of late 17th century women's dress in the V&A collections. Typical of 1660s fashion are the long waist, off-the-shoulder neckline and short, full, cartridge-pleated sleeves. The bodice fastening took the form of a lacing through the eyelets at the back. It has a complex understructure of boned channels and layers of linen, with a channel for a separate busk at the front. A petticoat of matching satin, with a padded roll underneath, would have been worn with the bodice, as part of a formal ensemble.

The bodice is decorated with a two-coloured silk cord in mushroom and cream, and a silk bobbin lace with silk-wrapped parchment, in green, pink, yellow, black, cream and tan.

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  • Title: Bodice (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1660/1669
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 33 cm shoulder to hem at back, Length: 20 cm shoulder to lowest point at front
  • Medium: Silk, linen, whalebone, bobbin lace, parchment, linen thread, silk thread, metal strip, hand-sewn

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