Woman’s informal dress - ROM2011_12389_12


Woman’s informal dress

Medium:Mixed roller and surface printed cotton tabby
Geography: England
Date: 1827-1840
Period: Textile 1827-1834, dress altered c. 1837-1840
149 cm
Object number: 975.241.11
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry P. Kendall
Not on view
DescriptionThe 1820s and 1830s saw rapid changes in printing technology and textile design. The dressmaker made the complex textile design of stripes and floral sprigs more dynamic by setting it diagonally, horizontally, and vertically in the bodice. The garment and the textile were in such good condition and so well-liked several years later that the wearer updated the large gigot sleeve (with a puffed shoulder) to the newer fitted silhouette by gathering up the textile inside the sleeve head. The textile is printed with two engraved rollers in red and black. It is then printed by hand with yellow and blue, when overprinted produces green.
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