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Woman’s dress

Woman’s dress

Inv. Nr: CE2/00943; CE2/01007

This dress, which dates from 1905, is made up of a skirt and bodice. It is a full skirt made of gauze at the front, which is lightly glued to the back of the dress. It is decorated with a motif of three flowers, bouquets and garlands. The bodice, which is also made of silk, has a rounded neckline and a high collar. The sleeves are long and wide up to the cuff. An additional part of the same fabric with flowers and an embroidered lace for the stems with leaves and buds decorates it.

In the 20th century, the use of bustle died out, skirts lost their volume, and emphasis shifted to the bust. The decorations on dresses also disappeared, as well as the composite pleats, in order to make fabric lighter.

The visible characteristics of this dress were typical in the first decade of the 20th century, during a period known as the ‘Belle Époque’ (between the end of the 19th century and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914). These types of dresses can be seen in Sorolla’s female portraits.

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