Broderie Anglaise christening dress, 1880s
I have always been partial to the pristine purity of whitework. Without the enhancement of color, a whitework design depends solely on creative combinations of texture. Here the textural quality of the whitework is enhanced by numerous rows of textured tucks.
Broderie Anglaise, which originated in 16th century Europe, became the all the rage in Victorian England. The designs are characterized by eyelets overcast with embroidery stitches. In this case, the round eyelets are filled with fancy needlework. Charming satin stitch leaves and flowers intertwine with the eyelets.
The white cotton dress is slightly longer in back, where it closes at the neckline with narrow drawstring ties.
The condition is excellent.
It measures: 22" chest and 38 1/2" center-front length.