Posts Tagged ‘Silk’

Following-up on our post on 18th century lingerie (stays, aka jumps) today’s Museum Monday features some wonderful extant examples from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Silk stays from Britain.  Notice the beautiful (what looks like) tatted lace.  I also find the shoulders on this set to be quite interesting and different from many we’ve seen. Here we see the side tabs do not use the expensive silk fabric and there appears to be a lack of an outward binding along the edges as we see on many other extant examples.

Late 18th century British silk stays.  This set also has waist tabs that do not utilize the silk featured on the rest of the garment.

Mid 18th century stays from Italy in silk.  I love these stays!  Wide tabs at the waist and an stomacher over-lace design with in a lovely embroidered silk print.  The shoulder straps on these are quite wide compared to many we’ve seen and are sewn in – not adjustable with ties as many other extant examples we’ve come across.  The look definitely says “Italian” to me!

1780 silk stays from Italy.  Another beautiful set of embroidered silk stays.  Here we see the waist tabs in a coordinating fabric with (most-likely) lambskin binding around the edges.  This is a really nice example of duel lacing stays – having laces in both the front and back.

The 1780 Italian silk stays back view. 

Which are your favorite?


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Into the History
by Johnna McEntee
Hidden Dirk Mercantile – 18th century clothing reproductions

18th Century Cloaks – Part III

(continued from 18th century cloaks – Part II

Cloaks were generally made of  what was considered in the 18th century to be wool broadcloth, which was very tightly woven to that it would hold its edge well and be water-resistant.  Lower class cloaks would almost always be unlined, and may or may not have included a hood, while more fashionable cloaks could be lined with fur or thick wadding.  

Cloak hoods were cut generously to accommodate tall hairstyles, caps or hats and were sometimes adjusted with a drawstring. In many upper class cloaks the hoods would either be fully lined with silk, or lined partially on the outer edges where the hood interior would show. Some lower and middle class cloaks achieved a similar effect by trimming the outside edge of the hood with a silk binding. 

Some cloaks had both a small cape and a hood attached to the neckline, where the collar could lay on the outside of the hood (as seen on the garment pictured right from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) or the inside of the hood and would be turned up against the neck for added warmth. Again, upper class examples show collars with the side that would be touching the skin made of silk.

Whether your cloak is short or long, wool or silk, red or gray, one of ours or one you make yourself – we hope you stay toasty warm this winter in a fashionable 18th century cloak of your own!

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This Museum Monday, we are all about this rose-red and ivory silk gown from the Victoria and Albert museum. It looks so Christmasy!

This 1760 gown was repurposed from a “Robe a la Francais” to a “Robe a l’Anglaise” – and that has made the back detail simply spectacular! Look at all those lovely pleats!

Get more details about this beauty here: http://bit.ly/uKB0nf.

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It’s “Museum Monday”!

In honor of all the great 18th century clothing and artifacts that are housed at the world’s museums, each Monday we will post one of our favorite pieces from a museum collection.

This week, let’s look at a beautiful gown from Ohio’s own Kent State University Museum. This “Blue silk robe and petticoat brocaded in silver” is dated 1750. There is more to this dress than meets the eye, however.

This article talks about the amazing history mystery behind this gorgeous gown. http://bit.ly/sdhVZC.

Do you have gown envy?  …you can be we do!

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