Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum has been around for 2000 years. This museum was established in 1852. It was moved to its current site in 1857 and was renamed South Kensington Museum. It has a wide variety of different types of artwork over the years such as paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. You learn about the history of the British culture and the designs of the creations. There are so many sites to see while walking through the huge museum. This museum is to educate and inspire British designers and manufactures.

Fashion In the 18th Century

There are so many different types of fashion for just a man and a women in the 18th century. The designs of the clothing has changed and redefined fashion over the years. The creators of these clothes combined ideas of East Asia and other countries to create different clothing styles.

This is a blue formal day dress that the women wore in the 18th century. This dress was worn in the years 1760-1770. Just as we talked about in class, this dress has a petticoat. This was woven in London England (Spitafields), about 1742. It is made from silk damask. This was given by the Surrey Country Federation of Women’s Institutes Museum.

Dress (slack-back and petticoat)

This is a casual day dress that women wore in there homes in the 18th century. This dress was worn in the years 1760-1770. Women would not go out into the public with this type of dress. This was a block-printed cotton dress worn in England. It is a very simple looking dress with floral pattern.

Day Dress 1795-1800

Day Dress 

Ornamental Design in the 18th Century 

Throughout the years, designs have changed all the time especially on furniture. From intricate design to simple swirl design. By just looking at the pieces of work, you can tell that it had taken a lot of time to get every detail perfect.

This piece is the Rococo design that was created in 1730-1760. Rococo was an ornamental style that came to Britain from France and was most fashionable. It was used to create deliberately asymmetrical designs with elaborate C and S scrolls. Rococo first appeared in the work of silversmiths and was eventually taken up by carvers, cabinet-makers and plasters. This design was more influential on interior designers and not as much on architecture.

Rococo Dresser

Rococo Dresser


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