Early 19th Century Ackermann Illustrative Plates Collide With Contemporary Fashion:
Lasell University Students Explore Intrinsic Links Between History and Modern Design
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This 1920s silk georgette, tie-front peignoir, or robe, consists of a one-piece garment that is comprised of a pleated skirt with attached tunic bodice. The soft seafoam green compliments the floral embroidery colored with pale pastel blue and pearl gray threads, which were typical for a wedding trousseau. Fringe and tassels decorate the peignoir while silken floral ribbons are attached at the neckline and sides of the design creating a dainty, feminine appeal. The soft drape of this item adds to the overall aura of delicacy and elegance while promoting a sense of leisure. "The use of color and ornament slowly became more widespread, including interests in modernizing the functionality of undergarments as an outlet for beauty". 24

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These pieces convey both wealth and elegance through the use of flowing textiles. The European demand for silk and cottons continued to expand throughout the 18th century as a symbol of fashion refinement, social status, and leisure.25 Both the morning walking dress and the peignoir are examples of female style which exemplified their respective time period's lack of focus on a constructed silhouette. "The development of a more convenient, modern female wardrobe was a major trend of the 1920s and was achieved through the progressive simplification of dress as the decade advanced--- a rejection of formality and multiple layers, in favor of comfort and a lighter, more natural effect."26 In each case, both designs provide the ability for movement and comfort as well as creating a sensual allure as the textile cascades over the figure.
24 "Peignoir," The Metropolitan Museum, accessed November 25, 2020. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/759005.
25 Daniel C Waugh, "Silk," accessed November 25, 2020, https://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/trade/silkae.html.
26 Karina Reddy, "1920-1929," Fashion History Timeline, May 11, 2018. https://fashionhistory.fitnyc.edu/1920-1929/.
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