Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Walking ensemble

ca. 1835
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. James Sullivan, in memory of Mrs. Luman Reed, 1926
Accession Number:
26.250.1a, b
Not on view
The 1830s silhouette was created by a corseted, raised waistline; here a bell-shaped skirt reveals the lower ankle. By the late 1830s, the gigot sleeve was collapsing at the sleeve cap, but in this case, its detachable pelerine, or capelet, sustained the broad triangulated shoulder line of the period. The similarities between men's and women's fashion extended to footwear: women could wear flat slippers or tiny booties not so different from the boots and walking shoes of men.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "In Style: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Costume Institute," November 17, 1987–April 17, 1988.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Costume in the Age of Ingres," September 9, 1999–November 21, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Two by Two," September 10, 1996–November 17, 1996.

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