Wedding ensemble

Date: 1864

Culture: French

Medium: cotton

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James Sullivan, in memory of Mrs. Luman Reed, 1926

Accession Number: 26.250.2a–e


A rounded shoulderline that enhanced the length of the neck was prized through most of the nineteenth century. From the 1830s to the 1880s, it was accomplished by the lowered splayed stance of corset straps. The open neckline apparent in this wedding dress and the underbodice of this summer gown from the period suggests its romantic effect.