One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Open embroidery, typically in white floral patterns, on fine white cotton or linen.
- ‘If you must show some skin, simply roll up your new baggy trousers or shorts, but in the main everything has gone as girly as can be: short-sleeved jumpers, pinafore dresses and ruffled blouses with a good dose of broderie anglaise to finish.’
- ‘He showed broderie anglaise trimmed tiered skirts with masculine cut trench coats, jackets that were long and straight over tweed culottes and eastern, oriental inspired yellow and purple patchwork prints on jackets.’
- ‘It's a look inspired by dramatic heroines: sweet and coy in broderie anglaise or lusty and busty in tight-fitted cottons.’
Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘English embroidery’.
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