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Opera cloak

Date:
ca. 1880
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool, silk, feathers
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Holmes, 1952
Accession Number:
C.I.52.59
Not on view
An opera cloak, worn in the evening, reinforces a winter wardrobe literally and figuratively. The light color asserts a winter glow; the swansdown trim buttresses wool's warmth with an edge that weather-strips in body and apparel heat. Similarly, the dress employs braid trim--in use throughout the year, but often omitted in summer to diminish weight and visible attachments--to fortify clothing's buffering.
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