Wedding dress: yellow brocade with lace
1730-50 with several alterations into the 20th century
Silk brocade, needlepoint lace; silk chiffon
Overall: 55 x 70 in. ( 139.7 x 177.8 cm )
Part (waist ): 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Yellow and cream silk brocade dress a` l' Anglaise of English "lace" period textile design, possibly Anna Maria Garthwaite; fitted bodice cut separately from skirt with pleat from back of shoulder continuing down front (originally it would have been a robe and been known as "robe a`l'Anglaise"; originally worn pinned to sides of matching stomacher (no longer extant, but possibly made into front waist fitting); yellow brocade piece turned to cross grain and made into front waist fitting attached below a silk chiffon modesty piece creating a low square neckline (all alteration - sub index letter e); three-quarter length fitted sleeves with large turned-back cuff and needlepoint lace ruffles with a floral pattern at the edge; full round skirt and matching petticoat with pleats at sides; needlepoint net and lace engageantes not original to dress.
Gift of Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
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