A woman's fancy dress of white figured silk with a serpentine, brocaded trail design of alternating floral bands of pinks and maroon. The flowers are separated by rows of small buds rising from stems. Each stem is on a figured lace pattern band. The silk is brocaded on a ribbed ground with part of the rib forming flush subsidiary design. The fabric was originally made into a sack back and petticoat, open at the front with elbow-length sleeves and trimmed with ruching edged with a fringe of white silk gimp and coloured floss knots.

The sack back was radically altered for fancy dress; panels of the petticoat inserted at the front, the back pleats reconfigured and a buttoned stomacher of a different silk and fringe added. A flounce, probably from the petticoat was added to the front at the waist.


  • Title: Fancy dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1750/1760
  • Location: Spitalfields
  • Physical Dimensions: Length:, Length: 153.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 125.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 50.3 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge, Length: 31.5 cm pattern repeat
  • Provenance: Given by Lord and Lady Cowdray
  • Medium: Silk, linen, cotton, silk thread, linen thread, cotton thread; hand-woven brocade and fringe, hand-sewn

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