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Walking dress

Date:
ca. 1832
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Richard T. Auchtmuty, 1915
Accession Number:
15.149.2a, b
Not on view
The waistline's descent in the 1830s to some two or more inches below the bust came in tandem with the greatest grandiloquence of the gigot sleeves and billowing bell-shaped skirt. The elegant dilations favored the illusion of the waist as minuscule in the midst of swelling forms. The belted waist became the sole measure in a massing of bulges and balloons.
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