Taffeta dress with flounced skirt: 19th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

Taffeta dress with flounced skirt: 19th century

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Taffeta dress with flounced skirt. This dress comprises a separate skirt and bodice. As waists narrowed ever further and skirts widened to incredibly large proportions, it was no longer practical for a dress to be constructed as a single garment. The bodice became increasingly elaborate and the sleeves, slit open to the upper arm, were known as pagoda sleeves. This style of flounce skirt was extremely popular, with the flounces being woven to shape and cut along the edges to give a scalloped effect. Detachable sleeves or 'engageantes' were both fashionable and practical as they could easily be removed for cleaning. The sleeves could either be tied onto the upper arm by means of a linen tape, or alternatively loosely stitched into the dress.
 

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Date

1857 AD - 1860 AD
 

Image Number

002119
 

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