Date: 1918-1920
Medium: Fibre: cotton (muslin, lace)
86 x 117 cm (33 7/8 x 46 1/16 in.)
Classification: Costume and Textiles
Object number: 1973.132
Label text:The lace on this dress is known as chemical lace, produced in a pattern based on the bobbin lace tradition. Chemical laces are traditionally machine-made from plant based materials such as cotton or linen, stitched onto a ground of animal derived fibres such as silk or wool. When dipped into certain chemicals, the ground dissolves away, leaving the cotton or linen lace-like pattern. This chemical lace was made specifically for the dress. The lavender flowers within the needlepoint-like design would have been created during the lace making process.
DescriptionWomen's lavender muslin dress; ecru chemical lace overskirt; lace sailor collar on back with tie at front; draped cap sleeves; ties at back waistline; mid-calf length.
Not on display