Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt

Late Victorian cotton lawn skirt dating to circa 1897 or 1898 features a stunning art nouveau print of sinuous foliage and tiny stylized flowers, in cream and gold on a mulberry ground.

Cut straight in front, the skirt dips to a slight train in back, where it is gathered into curved pleats over the hips and closes with two brass hooks-and-eyes. It is lined in pearl grey glazed muslin, and the hem is bound at the bottom edge with a strip of lilac braid.

Presumably once part of a 2 piece dress, the skirt would have been worn with the matching waist or bodice styled with the fashionable high collar and gently shoulder-puffed long sleeves of the late 1890s. It is a wonderful—and unusual—example of a typically late Victorian silhouette but in a textile reflecting the bold new art movement that ushered in modernism as well as a new century.

The skirt has a 1 1/8" waistband and measures 25" around the waist, 40" down the front center, and 44" down the back center.

Good condition; the skirt displays well, with the fabric sturdy and free of any tears, though it has several tea colored stains well-camouflaged by the print (photo #6) and gentle color fade to the waist band and at the sides. There is minor discoloration to the glazed muslin lining, and a section of the lining under the hip flounce has been replaced with a slightly darker shade of fabric; I am unsure whether this was a period repair or restoration work by the museum that deaccessioned this piece.

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Item ID: au77


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: mulberry, cream, gold, Size: 25"

Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt

Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt
Late Victorian 1890s Art Nouveau Print Mulberry Cotton Lawn Skirt

Late Victorian cotton lawn skirt dating to circa 1897 or 1898 features a stunning art nouveau print of sinuous foliage and tiny stylized flowers, in cream and gold on a mulberry ground.

Cut straight in front, the skirt dips to a slight train in back, where it is gathered into curved pleats over the hips and closes with two brass hooks-and-eyes. It is lined in pearl grey glazed muslin, and the hem is bound at the bottom edge with a strip of lilac braid.

Presumably once part of a 2 piece dress, the skirt would have been worn with the matching waist or bodice styled with the fashionable high collar and gently shoulder-puffed long sleeves of the late 1890s. It is a wonderful—and unusual—example of a typically late Victorian silhouette but in a textile reflecting the bold new art movement that ushered in modernism as well as a new century.

The skirt has a 1 1/8" waistband and measures 25" around the waist, 40" down the front center, and 44" down the back center.

Good condition; the skirt displays well, with the fabric sturdy and free of any tears, though it has several tea colored stains well-camouflaged by the print (photo #6) and gentle color fade to the waist band and at the sides. There is minor discoloration to the glazed muslin lining, and a section of the lining under the hip flounce has been replaced with a slightly darker shade of fabric; I am unsure whether this was a period repair or restoration work by the museum that deaccessioned this piece.

Proud Member of the VFG Vintage Fashion Guild

Item ID: au77


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: mulberry, cream, gold, Size: 25"

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