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Skirt

Skirt

Late 1850s

Cotton

Almost certainly originally part of a two-piece dress, of which the bodice is now missing, the particular interest of this untrimmed skirt is the printed cotton from which it has been made. The two-colour design comprises a repeated motif of a roundel of tracery within a trefoil in the style of medieval Gothic church and cathedral windows. During the middle decades of the 19th Century the Gothic style of architecture was enjoying a revival, and, at a time when some of the most important examples of Neo Gothic buildings were being erected, its influence was already apparent in a relatively unassuming printed dress fabric.

The proportion of the flounces has been changed by a later tuck in the lining above the lower flounce.

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