Black Silk Bodice with Smocking

Brief Item Record

Title: Black Silk Bodice with Smocking

Creator: Liberty & Co.

Date: 1893-1897

Description: black silk bodice with smocking; Black silk satin, metal zipper, decorative covered wooden buttons, black synthetic, cream grosgrain ribbon

Silhouette: bodice.

Band collar with three columns of smocking, smocking below collar across shoulders; full length leg-of-mutton sleeves, three lines of smocking down the sleeve, with ruching in between, ruffle around cuff; front and back pleating; zipper down full length of back; synthetic fabric added to bottom of bodice; backs of sleeves, from elbow to wrist, are done in a different black fabric on both sides; gross-grain ribbon on inside, but it was at some point moved up from its original position.

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2001077

Title

Black Silk Bodice with Smocking

Description

black silk bodice with smocking; Black silk satin, metal zipper, decorative covered wooden buttons, black synthetic, cream grosgrain ribbon

Silhouette: bodice.

Band collar with three columns of smocking, smocking below collar across shoulders; full length leg-of-mutton sleeves, three lines of smocking down the sleeve, with ruching in between, ruffle around cuff; front and back pleating; zipper down full length of back; synthetic fabric added to bottom of bodice; backs of sleeves, from elbow to wrist, are done in a different black fabric on both sides; gross-grain ribbon on inside, but it was at some point moved up from its original position.

Creator

Date

1893-1897

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

36 inches (chest), 28 inches (waist), 20.5 inches (center front length), 17 inches (center back length),

Type

Physical Object

Temporal Coverage

Rights

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Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Anne Silk, Emily Leimkuhler, Candace 3.1.2010

Color Main

Chest

36

Waist

28

Center Front Length

20.5

Center Back Length

17

All Measurements

36 inches (chest), 28 inches (waist), 20.5 inches (center front length), 17 inches (center back length),

Label

Liberty and co. ______ and historic costume studio - 218 regent street??

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_&_Co.

Date Earliest

1893

Date Latest

1897

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Condition Term

very good

Condition Description

lining is delicate but intact; abrasions on sleeves

Storage Location

M4

Exhibition Notes

One clue to this bodice's history is its extensive use of smocking. This was a technique originally used in provincial dress. As industrialization and overcrowding began to take over Europe, and the fast paced modern urban life began to take its toll on city dwellers, many found themselves longing for the innocence they perceived in the life of the country peasant. By introducing the technique of smocking into urban fashions, women sought to bring the alleged innocence of rural communities into their modern lives.
This bodice was made by Liberty and Co. in London, one of the companies that pioneered the Aesthetic Dress Movement in England. This movement had its roots in the artistic dress the Pre-Raphaelite painters used for their models. Aesthetic Dress garments were intended to be less constricting, perhaps even worn without corsets. Indeed, this bodice's cream cotton lining has no boning or support sewn inside.
Researched by Anne Silk ‘13 and Emily Leimkuhler ‘10

Work Type

Citation

Liberty & Co., “Black Silk Bodice with Smocking,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed April 15, 2024, https://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/918.

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