A Passion for Fashion - Madame Clapham Revisited

Blue and Black Striped Dress Suit (1894)

The day dress is a two-piece suit made from dark blue and black woven striped silk. It has long sleeves with puffed shoulders. The cuffs are layered and edged with lace and there is a large satin bow on the front and back of the dress. It has a white silk pleated jabot, high collar, matching silk skirt, and is lined with black silk.


In the workrooms of her salon, Madame Clapham’s highly trained workers made the clothes to her designs. Their fine needlework earned Madame Clapham her international reputation as a dressmaker.


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