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Dinner dress

Designer:
Mme. Grapanche
Date:
1884–86
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Randall Creel, 1963
Accession Number:
C.I.63.23.3a, b
Not on view
The bustle was at its greatest extension by 1885. It was almost perpendicular to the back and heavily upholstered. The 1880s versions were as padded and heavily embellished as a drawing-room hassock of the period. It was a popular conceit that the cantilevers of these bustles could support an entire tea service. To sustain the greater weight of the 1880s gowns, light and flexible infrastructures were created with flexible materials--wire, cane, whalebone--held together by canvas tapes or inserted into quilted channels.
Marking: [label] Mme. Grapanche/47 East 19th Street/New York, N.Y.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

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