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Afternoon dress

Credit Line:
Gift of Professor Talbot Hamlin, 1954
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like the 1830s corset, the 1840s style expanded with gussets at the hipline supporting a full-skirted silhouette. The torso, however, was visually attenuated by center-front vee extending below the waist into the abdomen. This deep dip of the torso re-created the effect of the pointed waist of the eighteenth century, but the corsetting is specifically nineteenth century, rounding to the chest cavity to create a cylinder.
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