Object Name: polonaise dress
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Accession Number: 1947.1606
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
Open robe of cream glazed Indian chintz, painted in India with rows of stylised sprigs then block printed with alternating bands of floral wavy lines in England. There is also some overpainting in colour. Bodice is closed with a pointed waistline and elbow-length sleeves. The skirt is cut in 3 widths, closely pleated onto the bodice, with a slit below the waist on each side. 5 tape ties inside skirt, threaded with blue silk cord with tassel at each end for looping skirt up " à la polonaise". A double layer of muslin ruffles is gathered onto the band and sewn onto the sleeve.
Height: 155 cm