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The Dictionary of Fashion History

Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

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  • Chemisette


Dictionary entry

Page: 46


Period: 19th century.

In the first half of the century, a high-necked and sleeveless, white muslin or cambric fill-in to the bodice of a day gown, cut low in front. By the 1860s, a long-sleeved blouse.

Period: 20th century.

Lace or fabric insert into the décolletage of a low-cut dress.