Broderie Anglaise christening dress, 1890s
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.
The white cotton dress features a long center panel of narrow tucks and bands of fine broderie anglaise leaves. The panel, neckline, and short puffed sleeves are bordered with bands of embroidered scalloped trim. The dress, which is plain in back, closes with a hook at the neckline.
The condition is excellent. The dress, which is clean, just needs a better pressing.
It measures: 20" chest, 18" waist, and 42" from shoulder to front hem (slightly longer in back).