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Dressmaking Collection

"Dressmaking: A Journey Through Time and Craftsmanship" Step into the world as we explore its rich history and intricate artistry

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Hand block printing at Crysede Island Works, St Ives, Cornwall. Probably 1930s

Hand block printing at Crysede Island Works, St Ives, Cornwall. Probably 1930s
Alec Walker left Mirfield, Yorkshire, in 1918 to set up a small experimental textile factory in Newlyn where wood-block printed silk fabrics and garments were designed and manufactured

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Rosie - Murrays Cabaret Club costume design

Rosie - Murrays Cabaret Club costume design
Rosie - Original costume design for one of the performers at Murrays Cabaret Club, 16-18 Beak Street, Soho, London

Background imageDressmaking Collection: George Criscuolo fitting an evening gown of Crysede silk, St Ives, Cornwall. Around 1927

George Criscuolo fitting an evening gown of Crysede silk, St Ives, Cornwall. Around 1927
The gown is printed with the Pastoral design, fabric printed with the Zennor design is draped on the chair to the left and the fabric on the wall to the right bears the Isles of Scilly design

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Machining room at Crysede Island Works, St Ives, Cornwall. Probably 1930s

Machining room at Crysede Island Works, St Ives, Cornwall. Probably 1930s
Alec Walker left Mirfield, Yorkshire, in 1918 to set up a small experimental textile factory in Newlyn where wood-block printed silk fabrics and garments were designed and manufactured

Background imageDressmaking Collection: The Haunted Lady, Punch

The Haunted Lady, Punch
The Haunted Lady, or The Ghost in the Looking-Glass. A lady admires her new dress, but the mirror reveals the sacrifice made: the death of the wretched seamstress

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Le bouquet de daisies Pastel by Jean Francois Millet (1814-1875) 1871 Sun

Le bouquet de daisies Pastel by Jean Francois Millet (1814-1875) 1871 Sun
JLJ4656145 Le bouquet de daisies Pastel by Jean Francois Millet (1814-1875) 1871 Sun. 0, 7x0, 83 m Paris, musee d Orsay by Millet

Background imageDressmaking Collection: The designer. Illustration of ' The Brownies', legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem '

The designer. Illustration of " The Brownies", legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem " Die
IMB4827328 The designer. Illustration of " The Brownies", legend of the 19th century reproduced in the poem " Die Heinzelmannchen zu Koln" by August Kopisch (1799-1853)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Postcard, Satirical in Colors: The journey of William to Paris - War of 14 -18, Paris - William II

Postcard, Satirical in Colors: The journey of William to Paris - War of 14 -18, Paris - William II
ICA4838180 Postcard, Satirical in Colors: The journey of William to Paris - War of 14 -18, Paris - William II; (add.info.: Postcard)

Japan: three women with home stains, a sew, and the others prepare the meal
LUX4748975 Japan: three women with home stains, a sew, and the others prepare the meal, 1875 - albumin paper enhanced with watercolour; (add.info.: Japan: three women with home stains, a sew)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Corset designer - Corset maker, Paris, early 19th century, in chocolate brown bodice, pink petticoat

Corset designer - Corset maker, Paris, early 19th century, in chocolate brown bodice, pink petticoat
FLO4658483 Corset designer - Corset maker, Paris, early 19th century, in chocolate brown bodice, pink petticoat, green gloves - Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Gatine after an illustration by

Embroiderer - Embroiderer, Paris, early 19th century, in white dress and bonnet - Handcoloured copperplate engraving by
FLO4658365 Embroiderer - Embroiderer, Paris, early 19th century, in white dress and bonnet - Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Gatine after an illustration by Louis-Marie Lante from "

France, Pays de la Loire, Vendee (85), Les Sables-d'Olonnes (sable d'olonnes)
LUX4807592 France, Pays de la Loire, Vendee (85), Les Sables-d'Olonnes (sable d'olonnes): Two fishing boats arrive at the dock with women sewing the net, 1900; (add.info.: France)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: First World War: France, In a cozy home a woman knitting socks for her soldier while her boy plays

First World War: France, In a cozy home a woman knitting socks for her soldier while her boy plays a lead soldier
LUX4737072 First World War: France, In a cozy home a woman knitting socks for her soldier while her boy plays a lead soldier and a little girl prays

Bristol, United Kingdom, An embroidery at work with her embroidery on the knees, 1870
LUX4733953 Bristol, United Kingdom, An embroidery at work with her embroidery on the knees, 1870; (add.info.: Bristol, United Kingdom, An embroidery at work with her embroidery on the knees)

France, Centre, Indre (36): Grocerie-haberdashery in a village of the Indre, 1910 - advertisements: chocolate Meunier
LUX4727277 France, Centre, Indre (36): Grocerie-haberdashery in a village of the Indre, 1910 - advertisements: chocolate Meunier, Chinese thread; (add.info.: France, Centre)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: France, Centre, Indre-et-Loire (37): A peasant woman takes over laundry in the kitchen of her

France, Centre, Indre-et-Loire (37): A peasant woman takes over laundry in the kitchen of her farm, 1898
LUX4755675 France, Centre, Indre-et-Loire (37): A peasant woman takes over laundry in the kitchen of her farm, 1898; (add.info.: France, Centre)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Capital letters Plate in 'Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet'

Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving)
DUV4220286 Capital letters Plate in "Picturesque alphabet or New informative and picturesque alphabet", 1892 (engraving); 27x17.5 cm; (add.info)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Straw-hat makers, women and girl, sewing hats from braided and plaited straw in a milliner's shop

Straw-hat makers, women and girl, sewing hats from braided and plaited straw in a milliner's shop
FLO4577816 Straw-hat makers, women and girl, sewing hats from braided and plaited straw in a milliner's shop. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Soldier sewing a patch at a reenactment on the Yorktown battlefield, Virginia

Soldier sewing a patch at a reenactment on the Yorktown battlefield, Virginia
NWI4844793 Soldier sewing a patch at a reenactment on the Yorktown battlefield, Virginia.; (add.info.: Soldier sewing a patch at a reenactment on the Yorktown battlefield)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Two young women talking about a lover - in 'Les Etudiants a Paris' by Gavarni, c. 1840

Two young women talking about a lover - in "Les Etudiants a Paris" by Gavarni, c. 1840
XRX4720885 Two young women talking about a lover - in "Les Etudiants a Paris" by Gavarni, c. 1840.; (add.info.: Two young women talking about a lover - in "Les Etudiants a Paris")

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Young Girls Writing, Reading and Sewing - Japanese girls writing, reading

Young Girls Writing, Reading and Sewing - Japanese girls writing, reading
CSO4979966 Young Girls Writing, Reading and Sewing - Japanese girls writing, reading and sewing - Japan 1880-1910 - Hand coloured photo; (add.info.: Young Girls Writing)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Young Girls engaged in writing, reading and sewing - Japanese girls writing

Young Girls engaged in writing, reading and sewing - Japanese girls writing
CSO4980167 Young Girls engaged in writing, reading and sewing - Japanese girls writing, reading and sewing - Japan 1880-1910 - Hand coloured photo; (add.info.: Young Girls engaged in writing)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Selling and shipping a parcel of wool. Miniature taken from 'Historia ordinis humiliatorum' of

Selling and shipping a parcel of wool. Miniature taken from "Historia ordinis humiliatorum" of the 15th
GIA5035865 Selling and shipping a parcel of wool. Miniature taken from "Historia ordinis humiliatorum" of the 15th century

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Woman sewing at home, enlighten by the window of the room. Colouring engraving of the 19th century

Woman sewing at home, enlighten by the window of the room. Colouring engraving of the 19th century
NWI4883316 Woman sewing at home, enlighten by the window of the room. Colouring engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Woman sewing at home, enlighten by the window of the room)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Woman embroidering a bedspread, 19th century

Woman embroidering a bedspread, 19th century
NWI4880016 Woman embroidering a bedspread, 19th century.; (add.info.: Woman embroidering a bedspread, 19th century.); Photo © North Wind Pictures.

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Housewife sewing at home to earn a living, USA. Colour engraving of the 19th century

Housewife sewing at home to earn a living, USA. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4879660 Housewife sewing at home to earn a living, USA. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Housewife sewing at home to earn a living, USA)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Students on their sewing work at the Indian School of Chemawa, Salem (Oregon, USA)

Students on their sewing work at the Indian School of Chemawa, Salem (Oregon, USA)
NWI4899270 Students on their sewing work at the Indian School of Chemawa, Salem (Oregon, USA), circa 1880 - Duotone reproduction of a 19th century illustration - Student sewing room at Chemawa Indian

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Fabric shop workers. Women in muslin dresses, bonnets and shawls embroidering, sewing

Fabric shop workers. Women in muslin dresses, bonnets and shawls embroidering, sewing
FLO4677956 Fabric shop workers. Women in muslin dresses, bonnets and shawls embroidering, sewing, cutting cloth and wrapping bolts of fabric

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Les chevaliers gourmandeurs (les chevaliers commmandeurs) - engraving of 1823 in ' Songes

Les chevaliers gourmandeurs (les chevaliers commmandeurs) - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de
JEB4935577 Les chevaliers gourmandeurs (les chevaliers commmandeurs) - engraving of 1823 in " Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel" by Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Clothing industry: women workers making costumes in a textile factory, circa 1890

Clothing industry: women workers making costumes in a textile factory, circa 1890
NWI4826077 Clothing industry: women workers making costumes in a textile factory, circa 1890. Colourful engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: Clothing industry)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Gender scene showing four women doing works of lady in a

France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Gender scene showing four women doing works of lady in a bourgeois interior, 1862
LUX4818113 France, Ile-de-France, Paris (75): Gender scene showing four women doing works of lady in a bourgeois interior, 1862; (add.info.: France, Ile-de-France)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Textile workers working in garments on the top floor of a New York building, 1912

Textile workers working in garments on the top floor of a New York building, 1912. Colour reproduction of a photograph
NWI4827354 Textile workers working in garments on the top floor of a New York building, 1912. Colour reproduction of a photograph.; (add.info)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: The stitching (sewing) of the canvas in a veil in Maine (USA), circa 1800. 19th century lithography

The stitching (sewing) of the canvas in a veil in Maine (USA), circa 1800. 19th century lithography
NWI4963318 The stitching (sewing) of the canvas in a veil in Maine (USA), circa 1800. 19th century lithography.; (add.info.: The stitching (sewing) of the canvas in a veil in Maine (USA), circa 1800

Background imageDressmaking Collection: A young fashion woman (or fashion designer) offering her clients blue ribbons, a symbol of lovers

A young fashion woman (or fashion designer) offering her clients blue ribbons, a symbol of lovers
JAB5037077 A young fashion woman (or fashion designer) offering her clients blue ribbons, a symbol of lovers. Postcard from the beginning of the 20th century; (add.info)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: France, A couple of bourgeois poses outside in the park of their estate, 1860

France, A couple of bourgeois poses outside in the park of their estate, 1860
LUX4731340 France, A couple of bourgeois poses outside in the park of their estate, 1860; (add.info.: France, A couple of bourgeois poses outside in the park of their estate)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Women sewing white fabrics in the department factory of a department store, New York, USA, 1890

Women sewing white fabrics in the department factory of a department store, New York, USA, 1890
NWI4827251 Women sewing white fabrics in the department factory of a department store, New York, USA, 1890. Colour engraving of the 19th century; (add.info)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Woman using the first sewing machine invented by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) in the 1850s

Woman using the first sewing machine invented by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) in the 1850s
NWI4952704 Woman using the first sewing machine invented by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) in the 1850s. Colour engraving after a 19th century illustration.; (add.info)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: La classe de couture de l'ecole indienne de Chemawa, a Salem (Oregon, USA), ca

La classe de couture de l'ecole indienne de Chemawa, a Salem (Oregon, USA), ca
NWI4899248 La classe de couture de l'ecole indienne de Chemawa, a Salem (Oregon, USA), ca. 1880 - Reproduction in duotone reproduction of a 19th century illustration - Tailoring class at Chemawa

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Mimi Pinson. (Illustration, ca. 1910)

Mimi Pinson. (Illustration, ca. 1910)
5975875 Mimi Pinson. (Illustration, ca. 1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: Company. -... morals. Mimi Pinson (grisette et couturiere in Paris) in the sewing workshop

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Two women using an electric sewing machine, USA, around 1890 - Colorisee engraving

Two women using an electric sewing machine, USA, around 1890 - Colorisee engraving
NWI4883133 Two women using an electric sewing machine, USA, around 1890 - Colorisee engraving, 19th century - Ladies using an electric sewing machine

Background imageDressmaking Collection: American advertisement for Singer sewing machine, years 1890. Colour engraving of the 19th century

American advertisement for Singer sewing machine, years 1890. Colour engraving of the 19th century
NWI4825952 American advertisement for Singer sewing machine, years 1890. Colour engraving of the 19th century.; (add.info.: American advertisement for Singer sewing machine, years 1890)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Old family of Dutch settlers ' Knickerbocker' atablee around a tea

Old family of Dutch settlers " Knickerbocker" atablee around a tea
NWI4880881 Old family of Dutch settlers " Knickerbocker" atablee around a tea, Colony of New York in the United States (New Netherlands or New Netherlands), 18th century

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Un porter d'eau et sa barrel, un remouleur et une raccomodeuse de bas a sa etal et deux nonnes des

Un porter d'eau et sa barrel, un remouleur et une raccomodeuse de bas a sa etal et deux nonnes des Siseurs de la
FLO4718483 Un porter d'eau et sa barrel, un remouleur et une raccomodeuse de bas a sa etal et deux nonnes des Siseurs de la Charite - Eau forte d'une illustration par Victor Auver

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Tunisia, Sfax: Under the eucalyptus of the park a European woman makes sewing, 1900

Tunisia, Sfax: Under the eucalyptus of the park a European woman makes sewing, 1900
LUX4765709 Tunisia, Sfax: Under the eucalyptus of the park a European woman makes sewing, 1900; (add.info.: Tunisia, Sfax: Under the eucalyptus of the park a European woman makes sewing)

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Omnia sewing machine, 1890

Omnia sewing machine, 1890
3480648 Omnia sewing machine, 1890; (add.info.: Omnia sewing machine; advert, France, 1890.); Universal History Archive/UIG.

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Sardanapale and women. Carved beam, Kortrijk church in Belgium

Sardanapale and women. Carved beam, Kortrijk church in Belgium
ETI4396589 Sardanapale and women. Carved beam, Kortrijk church in Belgium.; (add.info.: Sardanapale and women. Carved beam, Kortrijk church in Belgium.); © Angelo. All rights reserved 2023.

Background imageDressmaking Collection: Sir William Harper (c.1496-1573), Merchant Taylor, Lord Mayor of London, 1561

Sir William Harper (c.1496-1573), Merchant Taylor, Lord Mayor of London, 1561
FLO4636762 Sir William Harper (c.1496-1573), Merchant Taylor, Lord Mayor of London, 1561. Copperplate engraving from William Richard's Portraits illustrating Granger's Biographical History of



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"Dressmaking: A Journey Through Time and Craftsmanship" Step into the world as we explore its rich history and intricate artistry. From the hand block printing at Crysede Island Works in St Ives, Cornwall during the 1930s to George Criscuolo fitting an exquisite evening gown made of Crysede silk around 1927, witness the meticulous craftsmanship that went into creating these timeless pieces. Take a peek inside a dressmaker's workshop, where creativity flourishes and dreams come to life. Immerse yourself in the machination room at Crysede Island Works, where skilled hands transform fabric into works of art. Marvel at Rosie's stunning costume designs for Murrays Cabaret Club, each one meticulously crafted to captivate audiences. Delve deeper into the world with "The Haunted Lady" featured in Punch magazine or Jean Francois Millet's enchanting pastel painting "Le bouquet de daisies. " These inspirations transcend time and continue to influence modern fashion. Travel back to 1932 when women could order patterns for home dressmakers, allowing them to create their own unique garments. Witness a group of talented female dressmakers collaborating on an elaborate evening gown in 1853, showcasing their skillful techniques passed down through generations. Finally, meet the unsung heroes - artisans like embroiderers who add delicate touches that elevate dresses from ordinary to extraordinary. Their dedication can be seen in Chromo's depiction of an embroiderer from 1900. Join us on this captivating journey through time as we celebrate the artistry and passion behind every stitch in the fascinating world of dressmaking.