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Stomacher
(early 18th century)

Medium
linen, silk (thread)
Measurements
31.0 × 26.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
963-D2
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1913
Gallery location
Not on display
About

The tabs at the side of this unlined stomacher would have been pinned to the wearer’s corset before the gown was closed over the edges. The textile’s warp and weft threads have shifted slightly over time, perhaps from repeated pulling of the textile taut across the woman’s breast. The embroidery depicts large flowers in full bloom, balanced symmetrically over most of the surface – a design in favour during the first third of the eighteenth century.

—text from Exquisite Threads (Apr 2015)