Dress, silk, mother-of-pearl, American

Dress

Date:
1860–65
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, mother-of-pearl
Credit Line:
Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969
Accession Number:
C.I.69.33.4a–d
Not on view
Military-style decoration was recapitulated in civilian clothing, as seen in the front closure, shoulders, and cuffs of the bodice of this dress, although the actual decoration is here deliberately feminized. What might have been bullion fringe becomes delicate mother-of-pearl spangles.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Swords into Ploughshares," September 7, 1995–November 26, 1995.