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Dress

Date:
ca. 1820
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length: 56 in. (142.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. F.D. Millet, 1913
Accession Number:
13.49.27
Not on view
This mourning dress incorporates the puffed sleeves and ornate hem details that defined 1820s fashions. Standards for family mourning were modeled after court conventions. Upon a royal death in England, orders were issued detailing the duration of each phase of mourning and appropriate materials. Silk satins, taffetas, and velvet, considered too glossy and sumptuous for the first stage, were permitted later.
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