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Dress

Date:
ca. 1870
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 46 in. (116.8 cm) Length at CB (c): 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Credit Line:
Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.409.1a–c
Not on view
By 1866 fashion had decreed that the fullness of the skirt hsould be gathered up somewhat at the back, and that an overskirt should be added to the full skirt. In 1868 the great expanse of the skirt narrowed considerably at the side, giving a much straighter silhouette in front; the fullness now moved to center back, where the primary shaping was provided by the bustle.
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