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Ensemble

Date:
ca. 1855
Culture:
American or European
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of James R. Creel IV and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence G. Creel, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.31.2a–c
Not on view
Equipped with two interchangeable bodices, this outfit might seem to anticipate career dressing or even women becoming sensible about fashion. Not in the realm of practicality, however, is the swelling bell shaped skirt, with multiple layers of stiff petticoats hidden underneath and tiers of organza decorating the surface. Research in the Woodman Thompson collection of Dated Fashion Plates has confirmed the date; the country of origin is much more difficult because with the proliferation of fashion plates, ideas and textiles were carried far and fast.
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