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Object Name: bodice

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Dorset
Date: 1650-1660

Accession Number: 2004.96
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - 1F - The Needle's Excellency
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • satin
  • bead
  • embroidering

Dress bodice in pink silk satin, originally deep salmon pink, but faded. Very finely embroidered with black bugle beads, forming a sophisticated scrolling and curling feather design. Central boned panel with deep busk, ending in narrow curved point below waist level; CF opening, edged in black silk; very low inset short sleeves, pleated into curved shoulder seams; neckline higher to back than front; tabbed graduated waist; fine black bugle beads in overlapping feather design, filling upper front and back portions and finishing with a band of beads at curved seams to sleeves; many beads missing, but design still clear.
Feathers were very rarely used as design inspiration for costume, more often for furnishing textiles - see 1929.316
From the Mansel-Pleydell family in Dorset.
This bodice was exhibited at 25 Park Lane in London from 6-11 March 1928 (number 544) in aid of the Royal Northern Hospital and described as 'A woman's corset bodice of pink satin, embroidered with a design in black bugles. Mid 17th century', and lent by Mrs Mansel Pleydell, Mrs J Arnold Forster and Mrs Pleydell Railston.