Fabric in Fashion at the Museum @ FIT

off- white cotton tulle bodice, skirt, and overskirt

1874-1875. England

The transparency of the dress under the light impressed me, the layers of tulle created a great value of the dress. It looks very expensive since tulles are normally for upper class since it is a delicate material. However, during that time period of England, machine-made tulle got popular, it cost much lesser money.

Red block-printed, resist and mordant dyed cotton textile

18th century, India

I love the shape of dress in general, it looks elegant. However, the design of the textile makes it younger and more energetic. It looks like to be worn to picnic. The material looks thick since it is not transparent at all, which makes the dress looks cheap. However, the amaze does not rely on the fabric, it’s the print and dye makes it special. India was the lead of dye at that time period.

The two dress has very similar shapes, but they lay in different areas. The first one specialized on the fabric and the layering. The second one has nothing special about the overall design, the dye is the most sparkling part. Both dresses have many layers, which also speak of women’s role at that time period: covering.


Jun Zheng Parsons 2022 Fashion design

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