Fashion Plate: 1827, Vandyke Trim and Tartan


Vandyke trim details

The lady on the right wears a taupe dress with Vandyke style trimming and floral detailing– presumably embroidered. Vandyke trim is a reoccurring detail amongst most of the dresses in the early Romantic period.  The v-shaped designs were inspired by the Baroque collars that Sir Anthony Van Dyke painted so often. Turned-back cuffs of the sleeves left the right amount of space for thick gold bracelets, which were worn on each arm. Checks and tartans also became fashionable, as represented by the lady on the left whose dress in addition to the pattern has a flounce.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Patricia says:

    Gorgeous! I’m assuming dresses were all individually made…in which case a dress really was a work of art!

    1. Katherine says:

      Isn’t it amazing? I can’t imagine having to do every single stitch!
      I think you’ve given me an idea for another post– Thank you, Patricia! 🙂

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