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Mrs. Meeker (Caroline Isabel Gilmour), in her wedding dress, Montreal, QC, 1882 Notman & Sandham April 6, 1882 Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process II-64699.1 © McCord Museum

Miss Jessie Stroud, Montreal, QC, 1880, Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process II-55391.1 © McCord Museum

Sarah Bernhardt, actress, copied in 1880, Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process II-57972.0.1 © McCord Museum

Lady Lisgar, Montreal, QC, 1870 Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process I-60131 © McCord Museum

This dress was made from a paper pattern bought in Paris in 1874. Extant garments created from the early days of this type of garment are rarely identifiable. Sized paper patterns were introduced by Ebenezer Butterick (1826-1903) in 1863 and quickly spread to many different companies across the United States and Europe