Quarter Mourning Dress. 1893-1894. Silk with lace collar and cuffs. Jays of London. English. Purchased in 1985. BELUM.T2611
The wide sleeves of this dress are an example of the “gigot” or leg-of-mutton style sleeve that was popular during the 1890s. The exaggerated shoulder line was enhanced by the tightness of the lower half of the fitted sleeves. The volume at the upper half of the torso is echoed by the width of the skirt at the bottom, making an already corseted waist appear wasp-like by comparison.