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dress 1949.30/8

Object Name: fancy dress outfit

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Date: 1890-1900

Accession Number: 1949.30/8
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • tinsel
  • cotton
  • wood
  • metal
  • glass
  • appliqued

Dress : Bodice of yellow silk lined with fawn silk, boned, fastening at back with lacing and with inner band at waist. Bands of crimson plush round neck, crossing in front of bodice, and outlining waist with bow at back. Appique ornament of blue silk damask and yellow cord and tinsel. Short puff sleeves edged with band of plush and appique. Bunches of tassels hanging from shoulder and sleeves. Skirt of yellow silk, hooking onto bodice, fastening at back. Lined with white cotton. Two bands of applique bewtween two bands of plush at hem.
Cloak : Semi-circular, lined with white cotton and pale blue damask. Turn back of collar ornamented with yellow cord and tinsel. Edge of cloak with applique.
Cap : Blue silk damask trimmed with tassels.
Stockings : Yellow cotton with openwork design on instep and lower part of leg.
Shoes : Red leather with one strap, trimmed with tassel. Ribbons for binding round instep.
Accessories - Pistols : Two metal, percussion cap type pistols. Gun : Wood and metal with red cord. Necklace : Beads of opaque yellow glass with slip decoration.

Also see photo.