silk taffeta afternoon dress ~ ca. 1857


Pink silk taffeta Afternoon dress ~ America, ca. 1857
” This dress is an excellent example of the antebellum silhouette, which was tightly corseted and featured a full, sweeping skirt, here comprised of tiers of fringe-trimmed taffeta, an effect mirrored on the bodice and belled sleeves. But the flamboyant, saccharine pink color of the dress is most certainly its focal point. The striking result is almost aggressively feminine and is sure to have attracted attention. Pictured here with the day bodice, the ensemble also includes a separate, less conservative bodice for evening wear. This popular custom allowed the wearer to economize her wardrobe while conforming to the standard conventions of dress. “

Via: Fashion Museum New York

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