Silver Tissue Dress returns to Bath | The Fashion Museum

Silver Tissue Dress returns to Bath

18 May 2016

The world-famous Silver Tissue Dress dating from 1660 has recently returned to the Fashion Museum from loan to the Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The Silver Tissue Dress, so called because of its beautiful fabric of fine silk woven with silver thread, is one of the rarest treasures in the Fashion Museum collection as very few complete dresses from the 17th century survive. It is thought that the dress originally belonged to Lady Theophilia Harris, the wife of Sir Arthur Harris of Hayne, Devon and daughter of Sir John Turner, a wealthy and successful barrister. The dress will be examined by Jenny Tiramani, Principal of The School of Historical Dress later this month as part of her research for a new book of historical dressmaking patterns. 

Image: Silver Tissue Dress, 1660