Staff Favorite

Brick and Beige Striped Paisley with Brown Velvet Trim Dress, 1875-1876

This dress caught my interest immediately because of its multiple design elements.  Made for a woman, who could be only five feet tall at the most, this dress encompasses many different embellishments.  The piece was made between 1875-1876 yet, it is in excellent condition.  The green, beige, and orange striped paisley print itself is eye-catching.  Then added on top are brown velvet bows, a row of buttons, a trimmed ruffle on each side, a bustle, a collar, button-trimmed pockets, and cuffs.  For this look, more is more.  It took a bold, confident woman to wear this dress.

Detail of Bodice

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3 thoughts on “Staff Favorite

  1. You’d think that they wouldn’t wear such garish prints. When again did they start with the color photography?

  2. Thanks for y’alls responses. The colors have potentially mellowed, but there is no direct evidence of fading.

    People first experimented with color photography in 1840. It wasn’t until 1935 when “modern” color photography became popular.

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