Daffodil Dress and Underskirt

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Description

A beige silk dress, lined with yellow silk satin and yellow underskirt.

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A beige silk dress, lined with yellow silk satin and yellow underskirt. The dress is hand embroidered with daffodils. Small glass beads form the centre of the flowers. The gown has a front opening with hook and eye fasteners. This dress is the forerunner of the tea gown, designed to be worn at home, not in public.
The dress was ordered by Henriette Leonard to include in her trousseau. Henriette was encouraged by her brother to undertake a tour of Europe before she married. Tragically, the tour proved too much for her and she died shortly before her wedding day of ‘flu and nervous exhaustion’.

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Dated

From 1887 (circa) to 1897 (circa)

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Materials

» silk (textile)
» satin
» beads (pierced objects)

Technique

» embroidering
» sewing (needleworking technique)

Production place

» Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Object number

2000.58.a-b

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