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18teenth Century Women’s Costume at the V&A | History of Fashion Design

18teenth Century Women’s Costume at the V&A

The V&A Photos have been removed at the request of the Manager of the Picture Library of the V&A

Silk covered shoes, c. 1735, brocaded silk upper, leather sole, England. Made from silk woven in Spitalfields, London.
Blue Silk Brocaded Mantua, English, c. 1720. Lappets, Cap Back and Borders, of Brussels bobbin lace, Flemish, 1720’s.
A Mantua style, formal Court dress, 1740-1745, silk embroidered with colored silk and silver thread, probably England. (Botanically accurate flowers like the ones embroidered on this dress were a feature of embroidery and patterned silks made in the 1740’s &1750’s in England.)

In one of the study areas of the 18th century part of the new British Galleries, they have a reproduction hoop and petticoat to try on with these instructions.
Robe of Brocaded silk, English, 1740’s, made from silk of the Early 1730’s. Petticoat of Quilted Silk, English, mid-century. Cap, French, 1730’s. Neckercheif, neck ruffles and Sleeve ruffles, German & English 1730’s & 1740’s.
Jacket made from reused late 17th Century figured silk, English, 1720’s. Petticoat of quilted silk, English, 1740’s, Sleeve frills and Cap of linen, English, mid century, Apron of cotton embroidered whitework edged with Flemish bobbin lace, 1700-1725
Another quilted petticoat
Gown made from silk designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite, 1744, altered to later fashion, probably in the 1780’s, England. The original design for this silk, dated April 22, 1744, by Garthwaite is also in the V&A.
Robe and Petticoat 1760-1765, made for Mrs. Eva Garrick (nee Eva Maria Veigel 1724-1822), the wife of the actor-playwright David Garrick (1717-1779), made in England of Hand painted Chinese silk.
Portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Garrick at home.
Court Mantua 1770’s
Dress of hand painted silk, c. 1780

Gown and petticoat (left) of printed cotton, English, c. 1785
Dark printed cotton dress, late 18th Century.

Dress of Indian Block Printed Fabric, 1780’s Robe made from a silk and wool shawl, English, late 1790’s.
Panels of tiles for a music room, showing Portuguese courtiers, c. 1720’s, Portuguese Tin Glazed earthen wear from Lisbon.

Woman’s court dress of Oudh (in India), thought at one time to have belonged to a Queen of Oudh. The trousers (farshi paijama) of this costume are typically made with 17 triangles and 1 rectangle in each leg (see diagram), and the dress has a similar construction to give fullness. (diagram from the descriptive labeling at the museum, copyright the V&A. Do not duplicate! This image is for pattern study purposes only.)


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