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1908-1909 liberty dress (1947.4261)

Object Name: aesthetic dress

Artist/Maker: Liberty & Co
Role in production: Make
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1905-1910

Accession Number: 1947.4261
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • glass
  • satin
  • embroidering

Pale pink silk satin with white silk crepe chiffon.
Lined with white jap silk. Bodice entirely outlined with band of stiffened satin, embroidered in pink stemstitch and glass beads along the edge and in centre. Band running down edge of low V neck at front and back, crossing over itself at centre front, curving round immediately below bust, under arm and up to base of neckline at centre back. Two large buttons, covered in satin and embroidered, joined by corded pink silk loop, on each shoulder. centre back seam open for 14", fastened with three pairs of embroidered buttons and corded loops, hook and loop, three hooks and eyelets and clip and loop. Skirt slightly gathered at sides. Gathers tightening to centre front. Hem dips from sides to centre back. Sleeves of chiffon, each forming large triangles with squared ends, base tightly gathered into armhole, point falling for 34" along underside of arm, upper side open, edges trimmed with narrow line of glass beads. Pocket at centre back. White silk inner skirt frill.
Unlabelled but see 'Dress and Decoration' Liberty catalgoue 1905. 2nd colour plate. "Hera" - Ancient Greek evening gown. Robe of Mitra silk with cross-bands hand-embroidered in pearls and silver.


Type: Shoulder to waist
Height: 36.8 cm

Type: Length back
Height: 166.4

Type: Length front
Height: 127

Type: Hem
Width: 367