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Dress, 2-Piece

Catalogue number: CS*035346

Date: 1894-1897

Maker: Unknown


Irridescent blue and brown silk. BODICE-high stand collar; applied yoke; yoke and collar covered with black net with rows of jet trim; pleats radiate upwards from center front and center back; lightly gathered at yoke seam; center back cut in one piece; elaborate waist trim of folded fabric with two large self bows at center front and one at center back; hook-and-eye closure at left seam, around armscye (armhole), across left shoulder and up collar; very large leg-of-mutton sleeves, stiffened inside; net and jet applique at wrist forms false cuff; lined with red and white printed cotton; inner waistband of same cotton; bones at either side of center front, at sides, center back and either side of center back; SKIRT-gored; darts at waist for shaping; pleated at center back for fullness; stiffened at center back; lined in brown cotton; hem faced with blue velvet.


Believed to have been worn by the donor in Laurel, Maryland. Exhibited in the Hall of American Costume from 1964 to 1973.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. F. L. Demaree