Moments from Fashion History – Late Victorian Evening and Bridal Gowns

Moments from Fashion History – Late Victorian Evening and Bridal Gowns.

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Pontifical ornaments,1621

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Pontifical ornaments, given by Louis XIII in 1621, embroidered Alexander Paynet in 1619.

Jerusalem Custody of the Holy Land

Woman’s jacket

English, about 1610–15, with later alterations
Linen plain weave, embroidered with silk and metallic threads and spangles; metallic bobbin lace

Undyed linen embroidered with silver and gilt-silver yarns and spangles in daffodil scroll pattern, trimmed with metallic lace. Reconstructed with non-matching linen ground.

PROVENANCE

Originally with a member of the Wodehouse family, Kimberley, Norfolk, England [see note 1]. Early 20th century, purchased at Acton Surrey, Bond Street, London by Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 – d. 1957), Chicago [see note 2]; 1943, gift of McCormick to the MFA. (Accession date: October 14, 1943)

NOTES:

[1] Possibly worn by Grizell Wodehouse (d. 1635), the wife of Sir Philip Wodehouse. According to family legend, the jacket belonged to Queen Elizabeth and was given as a gift when she visited the Kimberly estate in 1578 for the knighting of Roger Wodehouse (d. 1588), Phillip’s father. (See the “Elizabethan Inventories” by Leonard G. Bolingbroke, pg. 93; also, G. Townsend, MFA Bulletin, vol. XL, no. 238, April 1942, pg. 25-36). There is no evidence, however, that this provenance is true, particularly since the garment probably dates to after the queen’s death.

[2] According to a December 14th, 1941 letter from Elizabeth Day McCormick to Gertrude Townsend, the garment was said to be part of the “Kimberley Collection.”

 

Dress in Polish. This dress was very popular between 1776 and 1787. It is a variant of the French dress.

Robe a la Francaise 1775, French, Made of silk

50’s Chintz Chic