The Charleston Museum is kicking off TEXTILE TUESDAYS today. Each Tuesday we will post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you will enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY!
Sack-back gown, Charleston, SC
This beautiful gown was worn by a member of the Middleton family in the 1750s or 1760s. It is a sack-back gown of ribbed silk brocade trimmed with elaborate fly-fringe. The matching petticoat is revealed by the open front design of the garment. Note the stylish side bustles or panniers. These were at their widest in the 1740s. A triangular stomacher covers the lady’s stays (corset); she might have worn a matching one (like this reproduction), or chosen one of contrasting fabric.
Donated to The Charleston Museum by Miss Alicia H. Middleton in 1937. [1937.159.2]