Veils of Cirrus - The Shirtfront
Introducing the Shirtfront in the Pearl colourway. This garment is a re-creation of an American mens 'dickey' (or detachable tuxedo front) from 1839, sourced from the Met Museum archives (see last image).
Our version is pattern-made to be worn comfortably on its own or layered, and we have designed busted and non-busted styles fitted for a variety of body types. It is perfect for a hot summer's day or to party in!
The Shirtfront is constructed from a locally sourced deadstock rayon taffeta - a breathable regenerated wood pulp fibre that has a silk-like crisp hand. It is lined with a soft cotton voile and finished with a silver buckle halter neck closure; a silver toggle closure at the chest to keep the bust comfortably contained; and a simple tie at the back of the waist.
The archetype of the Dickey was traditionally made for the lower-socioeconomic class to save on laundering and fabric costs. Often they were cheap and disposable, sometimes made from paper or cardboard. Like always, we are fascinated by the history of costume and will always revisit the archives to inform our design practice.
XS: CF neck to hem length 42cm, neck circumference 36cm, width across bust 36cm, hem width 36cm
S: CF neck to hem length 43cm, neck circumference 37cm, width across bust 39cm, hem width 38cm
M: CF neck to hem length 44cm, neck circumference 38cm, width across bust 42cm, hem width 41cm
L: CF neck to hem length 45cm, neck circumference 40cm, width across bust 45cm, hem width 43cm
* These measurements are taken flat and are an approximation. Please contact us if you are unsure about sizing.