Monday, June 3, 2013

A little visit to the LACMA (and a look at a pink anglaise).

While I was in Los Angeles this last weekend, I took a little side trip to the Los Angeles County Art Museum. I'm a big fan of museums. I just love walking around them, and of course, I have to visit the costumes!

Correction. Costume.

There is only one on display right now. One. Boo.

But it was a pretty one, so it was worth it. Another plus, it was displayed in such a way that I could get really, really close to it. So nice to see all the detail!

Scroll on down. I took lots of pictures.

"Silk plain weave (taffeta) with silk
supplimentary-weft patterning."
England, circa 1775
LACMA, M.57.24.8a-b

Notice the seam down the center front of the petticoat.

Notice the pinked trim on the bodice.
The pinking on the right side of the point
is a different size than on the left. Also,
notice the piecing happening on the front of
 the bodice.

Notice the treatment of the inner elbow.

Notice how the pinked, pleated trim is attached
to the edge of the skirt. It is not stitched down the
center of the trim. It is stitched with 2/3's of the trim
over the edge of the fabric.

If you look closely, you can see the a triangular
panel, or gore,  set into the side of the skirt.
It is like this on both sides.

The pinked trim appears to be folded over on the raw
edge, at the hem.

And in case you were wondering, according to the little plaque next to the dress, the fichu (M.80.190.6) is "Cotton plain weave (muslin) with cotton embroidery" from Europe circa 1775. The pair of engageantes (M.84.16.1a-b) are "Cotton plain weave (muslin) with cotton embroidery," probably from France, circa 1750.


  1. Really, only one costume displayed in the entire museum? That's sort of lame!


  2. Yeah, but you gotta admit, it's beautifully displayed. :)

  3. Oh I've been looking for an example of this type of trim on a fitted back gown everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Agreed! Perhaps it's only one, but they chose a great one I think. And I love how it is displayed against the tapestry and the chair, all coordinating. Don't often see that in a museum.