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bodice 1956.64

Object Name: bodice

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Date: 1625-1640

Accession Number: 1956.64
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - 1F - The Needle's Excellency
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • linen
  • spangle
  • embroidering

Bodice for formal domestic wear, of white linen, with large, full sleeves, embroidered over the whole ground with silver thread chain stitch and metal spangles forming a formal scroll design. Low round neck, not fastening at loose front; front sections extending to side beck, joining narrow shaped back section; gore at each side and gore centre back at hips; large full sleeves (22 inches long) gathered into shoulder except at underarm; turnback , linen-lined cuffs, open at wrists; narrow wing at shoulders.
From the collection of Iris, Lady Lawrence, formerly collection of Sir William Lawrence.


Type: Length
Height: 58.4 cm

Type: Hem
Width: 124.5