This is an example of a fashionable summer day dress of the late 1850s. Typical of the period are the full ‘pagoda’ sleeves and the bodice gathered from the shoulders into the lower front waist. Tiered skirts were popular in the 1850s. The fabric was printed with a decorative border expressly for use as tiers of a dress. It was known by the French term à disposition’.


  • Title: Dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1858/1860
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Provenance: Given by Messrs Harrods Ltd.
  • Medium: Printed cotton, trimmed with whitework embroidery, hand-sewn

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