c1825 pink silk gown. Full skirt, slightly raised waistline at the front, natural waistline at the back. Gigot sleeves. Vandyked shape decoration around neckline, cuffs and ruched silk panel around hem. Hem padded with wool. Fastens at back with hooks, eyes and waist tie. Buttonhole in waistband. Pocket slit. I do wonder if the silk fabric is a wool-silk mix as it is quite substantial?
Special Occasion Dress: ca. 1815-1820, hand-stitched, plain weave silk, very high waist, long tubular sleeves (would have been worn slightly ruched on the arm), skirt is three panels and slightly gathered in front and pleated in the back, Vandyked neckline, trimmed with ribbon bows.
Embroidered white cotton dress, early 1820s. This dainty dress anticipates the change from the Neoclassical to the Romantic period. The waist is still high as in the Empire style, but the skirt is flared and fuller in our dress. The bodice and sleeves have alternating rows of sheer ruched cotton mull and hand-embroidered eyelet. Bands of eyelet alternating with rows of trapunto cording form a wide hem border both decorative and functional.
A fine striped brocaded silk robe à la Française, 1770s. of blue and white striped, figured and rose-sprigged satin, the open robe with 'sack-back', engageants, pleated and ruffled robings edged in silk fly braid, the matching petticoat with ruched furbelows and a stomacher made from the same fabric, bust approx 86cm, 34in
Open robe dress, 1795. In this English example of an Empire dress, French style is slavishly followed in the gown's high waist and modish stripes. But for all its classicizing details and shape, the gown retains vestiges of the ancien régime in its open-robe construction.