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AFTERNOON OR EVENING DRESS

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AFTERNOON OR EVENING DRESS

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage


About this object

Late Victorian two piece reception gown. The bodice consists of printed silk and solid blue taffeta with an overlay of black machine lace. The silk is pleated and tucked on the bais. Bodice has a high boned lace collar and a taffeta modesty panel at center front. Three quarter lenth sleeves end in flat lace and black pleated organza. The skirt consists of lace and silk in a cut and patched motif. The open lace suggests that the dress was worn with a matching petticoat, probably blue to match the existing bustle pad. The bustle pad is filled with horsehair. A flat, decorative sash of taffeta with knotted cotton thread is applied to the skirt on each side.

Category:
costume, post family
Object name:
AFTERNOON OR EVENING DRESS
Made from:
Silk satin -- taffeta -- lace
Made in:
USA
Date made:
1898-1902
Size:
H. 18 in. (shoulder to waist front) (bodice); H. 15 in. (shoulder to waist back) (bodice); Dia. 30 1/2 in. (waist circumference) (bodice); H. 45 in. (waist to hem front) (skirt); H. 60 in. (waist to hem back) (skirt); Dia. 180 in. (hem circumference) (skirt)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
48.29.1-2
Signature marks:
TAG: Aunt Molly S. Post's dress [handwritten by MMP on paper tag]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973