gigot sleeves

Dress with Appliques. Hirsch & Cie. (1882-1976) Amsterdam, c. 1893, silk.

In the 1890s ladies wore dresses with large gigot sleeves that made the shoulders look broader and the waistline smaller. In this period, skirts were wider at the back, an effect here further enhanced by the train. The dress resembles a costume tailleur, an outfit consisting of a jacket and a skirt. The blouse is a false shirt front. The decoration is a striking combination of appliques and woven floral motifs.


Photo: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. All rights reserved.

Day Dress, Gustave Beer, Paris, France: ca. 1895, two-piece dress of bouclé silk, layered satin silk, gigot sleeves, trimmed with cut-work, velvet and embroidery. “This is a Renaissance revival dress. The thick cloth of bouclé and smooth satin, the slits used effectively throughout the dress, and the decorations typical of the Renaissance revival all convey the nostalgia for the grand past which was felt at the end of the 19th century.”