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Dress

Date:
1858–60
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Gilman Sterling Currier, 1953
Accession Number:
C.I.53.15.1a, b
Not on view
Gargantuan sizes and swelled diameters enabled by crinolines in the late 1850s and 1860s resulted in some dresses of Crystal Palace simplification. Others dresses took the grandiose scale as an extravagant, flamboyant fate, providing eye-popping color and pattern. A colorful leaf motif combined with this silhouette makes for no wallflower, but rather the confident style of the Second Empire in France and the Civil War years in the United States.
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