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Promenade dress

Date:
1862–64
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Chauncey Stillman, 1960
Accession Number:
C.I.60.6.11a, b
Not on view
In the 1860s, dress swelled in volume, but like the dresses we most associate with Scarlett O'Hara, their grand circumferences were supported by crinolines or hoops, allowing some air to circulate below. In fact, some caricatures rendered the new forms almost like unstable parachutes. As seen in Impressionist paintings, like French dresses were worn outdoors in parks and for summer promenades. Women could hardly sprint, but there was a modicum of buoyancy.
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