Day Dress

c. 1820

The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute

In this period, the use of colors was revived after the dominance of white that had begun in the early 19th century. This dress features inwoven stripes with a strong color combination of brown and blue. The waistline is still high, and the stripes emphasize the vertical lines. A pad is inserted at the center of the back to produce a beautiful back line floating down from the high waist. After a period when simple dresses had been popular, dresses were beginning to regain their glamour by the addition of decorations and colors.

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  • Title: Day Dress
  • Date Created: c. 1820
  • Location Created: unknown
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute
  • Medium: Brown and blue striped silk taffeta; short bodice and dress set; silk taffeta cording and puff decoration on neckline of jacket; matching belt; four lines of flounces at hem of skirt.