Striped Underskirt With Lace & Pinked Trim

Striped Underskirt With Lace & Pinked Trim, c. 1890-1900s. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: c. 1890-1900s

Origin: Unknown

Fabric: Silk velvet and cotton

Brand: Custom made

 

An elaborate underskirt with a silk velvet waistband, printed striped cotton, and an intricately trimmed hem incorporating gathered pinked silks and fine chantilly lace. The lace hem has numerous areas of damage, which has been repaired somewhat clumsily, resulting in an uneven hemline. During the 20th century the skirt was repurposed as a piece of costume rather than underwear, where it presumably sustained this damage and amateur repair work.

This underskirt would have been worn below another skirt or gown, but unlike a petticoat, was designed to be left partially uncovered and visible (hence the elaborately embellished hemline).

 

Kindly donated to The Underpinnings Museum collection by Cathy Hay of Foundations Revealed

Museum number: UM-2017-050

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