Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue
Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue
Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue
Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue
Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue
Judith Pudden

Dress #052.4: Edwardian dress in purple and blue

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This hand-stitched Edwardian evening dress is made from Japanese paper, overlaid with Korean tissue; It is hand stitched on cold-pressed 100% cotton paper. The tissue imitates the silk chiffon over satin of the original dress, with blue paper made with iridescent threads standing in for the pleated satin waistband and trim.

It is based on an English dress from 1912, designed by Lucile of London, held by the Victoria & Albert Museum (accession T.35-1960). The dress was worn by Miss Heather Firbank of Mayfair, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum holds over a hundred pieces from Miss Firbank’s wardrobe. Miss Firbank would have been a contemporary of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley, and I can picture Lady Mary wearing a dress just like this one!

The dress is 6 inches tall, stitched by hand on 100% cotton watercolour paper.

Materials: Japanese paper and cotton floss on cotton paper.