Silk dres, c 1862.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Silk dres, c 1862.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This silk dres is dyed with Sir William Henry Perkin's (1838-1907) original mauve aniline dye. The purple, even though it has faded, has a richnes unachievable by natural dyes. The introduction of synthetic dyes had a huge impact on both the textile industry and fashion.

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