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Bodice and Skirt - Women's Dress

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1948M36.1
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1893 - 1893

Maker Information

Designer and manufacturer:William Morris - View biography for William Morris
Dressmaker:Sarah Fullerton Monteith Young - View biography for Sarah Fullerton Monteith Young


Mrs W G Crum wore the dress and matching shoes when she and her daugher were presented to Queen Victoria in the Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace on 9 May 1893. The 'Flower Garden' pattern was designed by Morris in 1879. On 4 March 1879 he wrote to Georgiana Burne-Jones, 'I am writing in a whirlwind of dyeing and weaving, and even to the latter rather excited by a new piece just off the loom, which looks beautiful, like a flower garden.'. The dressmaker was Sarah Fullerton Monteith Young, from London. She produced fashionable designs that sometimes incorporated elements of Aesthetic Dress. Depending on the size of her business the dress would have been made by her or one of her assistants.

Presented by J Stewart, 1948.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Aesthetic Dress
Medium:Silk brocade woven on a hand loom.
Place of Origin:London, England

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Height:140 cm
Width:120 cm
Depth:145 cm