This loose gown made of Italian brocaded silk would have been worn by a woman in the early 17th century as part of a formal day ensemble. A bodice and petticoat of equally luxurious, although not necessarily matching materials would have been worn underneath. The silk has been slashed between the brocaded motifs. This was a popular decorative technique during the 16th and early 17th centuries. At the centre back of the gown’s small upright collar are two holes to fasten a support for an elaborate lace collar.


  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1610/1615
  • Location: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 21 in width of silk, selvedge to selvedge, Length: 147.5 cm neck to hem at back
  • Medium: Silk, fustian and ribbon, hand sewn with silk and linen threads

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