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Dress

Date:
ca. 1885
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 31 1/2 in. (80 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Ester Kachline and Muriel Purshall, 1960
Accession Number:
2009.300.3208a, b
Not on view
This is an example of a very typical girl's party dress for the period. Alternating stripes of sheer material was a prominent configuration at the time for both women's and girl's dresses. It is obvious that this dress was made with a great deal of detail and thought, which can be seen in the double ruffles of the underdress sleeves as well as the overdress sleeves, and the multiple ruffles of the skirt and the underskirt. The low bustle effect in back is appropriate for a young girl, and the long-waisted silhouette was typical of the time. The interior ties of the skirt create more of a bustle effect.
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