KCIDigital Archives

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Day Dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

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Day Dress

c. 1835 - unknown (Country)

Indian chintz; white ground printed with red flower and light blue raspberry pattern; gigot sleeves; gathers at shoulder and bodice front.
Inventory Number(s)
AC908 78-25-20

This dress has puffed sleeves and a slender waist. A day dress of chintz, it has a romantic silhouette typical of the 1830s. Indian chintz was introduced to Europe from India in the 17th century, and highly valued under the names of "indienne" (French) and "chintz" (English). The Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century led to growth of a fabric printing industry in the Western world. Printed dresses became widely popular in the mid-1830s, and afterwards, prints continued to be used extensively for clothes and decorations.