This dress was worn by Aletha Jane (last name unknown) at her marriage to Leonard Washington Collins in South Danville, New Hampshire, in 1857. It is a typical day dress of the period. While white was slowly becoming the color associated with weddings, most wedding dresses in mid-19th-century America were made of colored fabric and were usually worn with a bonnet for the ceremony itself. The bonnet on this mannequin is the one that was worn with the dress for the wedding ceremony in 1857. Exhibited in Smithsonian's America, Chiba, Japan, summer 1994.