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c. 1880. This two-piece dress features the plaid fabric known as "madras" which originated in the Indian town of Madras, on the Bay of Bengal. Like other Indian printed cottons, it was widely imitated in the West.

c. 1880. This two-piece dress features the plaid fabric known as "madras" which originated in the Indian town of Madras, on the Bay of Bengal. Like other Indian printed cottons, it was widely imitated in the West.

White cotton 1820. English. FIT. ostentatious sartorial displays of wealth unpopular after the French Revolution.The Spencer jacket and skirt, though retaining the typical high waist and general columnar silhouette of the first two decades, begins to show the increasing decoration characteristic of the 1820s. Kashmiri shawls were popularized by Empress Josephine. Imported shawls were prohibitively expensive, and European cities, like Paisley, like this one, made less costly shawls in…

White cotton 1820. English. FIT. ostentatious sartorial displays of wealth unpopular after the French Revolution.The Spencer jacket and skirt, though retaining the typical high waist and general columnar silhouette of the first two decades, begins to show the increasing decoration characteristic of the 1820s. Kashmiri shawls were popularized by Empress Josephine. Imported shawls were prohibitively expensive, and European cities, like Paisley, like this one, made less costly shawls in…

FIT.     c.1818   USA  "High-waisted, columnar dresses skimmed the curves of the body, clearly outlining the bust but ignoring the natural waist. The inset panels of finely pleated silk on the bodice of this dress further emphasize the shape of the breasts. Pale-coloured fabrics, such as this aqua silk, were favoured for their ability to reflect light."

FIT. c.1818 USA "High-waisted, columnar dresses skimmed the curves of the body, clearly outlining the bust but ignoring the natural waist. The inset panels of finely pleated silk on the bodice of this dress further emphasize the shape of the breasts. Pale-coloured fabrics, such as this aqua silk, were favoured for their ability to reflect light."