Mourning dress Date: ca. 1848 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 1994.575.3

Mourning dress Date: ca. 1848 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 1994.575.3

Evening Ensemble: ca. 1845-1850, American, silk. "Originally support came from multiple layers of petticoats which, due to weight and discomfort, were supplanted by underskirts comprised of graduated hoops made from materials such as baleen, cane and metal. The fashions during this time allowed the textiles to stand out because of the vast surface areas of the skirt and a relatively minimal amount of excess trim."

Evening Ensemble: ca. 1845-1850, American, silk. "Originally support came from multiple layers of petticoats which, due to weight and discomfort, were supplanted by underskirts comprised of graduated hoops made from materials such as baleen, cane and metal. The fashions during this time allowed the textiles to stand out because of the vast surface areas of the skirt and a relatively minimal amount of excess trim."

Afternoon dress Date: 1850–55 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 57 in. (144.8 cm)

Afternoon dress Date: 1850–55 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 57 in. (144.8 cm)

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