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Costume - Ball Gown, Purple Silk with Guipure Lace, c.1900

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

Shot silk purple ball gown, featuring a fitted silk bodice with puff sleeves and a wide full-length skirt. The dress has coloured guipure lace at the neck and the cuffs, which has been identified as being of the period. The brush braid on the hem has probably been replaced at a later date. Dated to 1899-1900.
Object Registration
ball gowns - 1900s, australian fashion - 1900s, fashion and textiles collection - kew historical society, costume
Historical information
The Victoria and Albert Museum describes development in fashion design in the 1900s as - 'The S-bend corset was fashionable during the 1900s. It thrust the hips backwards and forced the chest forward into a fashionable pouter-pigeon shape, emphasised with puffed, frilly blouses that were often embellished with decorations like lace collars and broad ribbon ties. Separates were popular, with skirts fitted over the hip and fluted towards the hem. Hair was worn in a centre parting, often looped around pads and false hair to create a wide 'brim' of hair around the hairline. This hairstyle was worn under vast, broad-brim hats with low crowns, and adorned all over with flowers, lace, ribbons and feathers.'
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Last updated
20 May 2020 at 9:54AM