Whitework summer dress, ca. 1917

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Styled white muslin ‘lingerie’ dresses were popular during the second decade of the 20th century (1910-1920). This whitework embroidered muslin dress is made of a light, sheer cotton embroidered with floral and bow motifs. The scalloped edge of the material is folded over at the neck to create a collar. It also features a scalloped effect at the hem and cuffs.

Whitework is a technique where (typically) the embroidery thread is the same color as the fabric on which its is stitched. There are a wide variety of techniques and styles of whitework, requiring various level of skill.

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About This Item

  • Title: Whitework summer dress, ca. 1917
  • Creation Date: circa 1917
  • Subject Date: circa 1917
  • Location: USA
  • Media: cotton
  • Dimensions: 119.380 cm x 76.200 cm
  • Local Code: 1993.300.68
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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