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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1980.49.4
Maker Howard & Company
Date ca. 1880
Material(s) Silk/Cotton/Metal/Jet/Mother of Pearl
Dimensions H-70 W-65.5 inches
Description This dress has one skirt, a day bodice, and an evening bodice. The day bodice (A) has long sleeves and a high neck. There is a green silk base layer that covers the torso and has three-quarter sleeves. There is heavy gold brocade on the green silk at the waist. This entire base layer is covered with either black silk organza or beige lace or both. There is beige lace and black netting at the neck and collar bone area. There is beige lace from shoulder to wrist on each arm. Black organza covers the shoulders, torso and sleeves to the elbows. There is a jet bead trim on the top of the high neck and gold metal embroidery around the edge of the beige lace. The areas of black organza are covered with extensive decoration of jet beads, mother of pearl sequins, large jet sequins, and large jet stones. There is extensive jet bead fringe at the font including two 26 inch long beaded tassels. The evening bodice (B) has quarter length sleeves and an open boat neck. There is a green silk base layer that covers the torso to the shoulder. There is heavy embroidery on the green silk at the waist. This entire base layer is covered with black silk organza. There is beige netting at the collar bone area with gold metal embroidery trim. There is beige lace over black organza from shoulder to elbow on each arm. Black organza covers the torso. The areas of black organza are covered with extensive decoration of jet beads, mother of pearl sequins, large jet sequins, and jet stones. There is extensive jet bead fringe at the font and two 13 inch long beaded tassels attached at the back. The skirt (C) has a layer of green silk under a layer of black silk organza. The green layer has a wide band gold brocade with gold glass bead fringe at the bottom that is applied at about knee height. The organza has decoration of jet beads, mother of pearl sequins, large jet sequins, and jet stones. There is a short ruffle at the bottom. There is a green silk underskirt with a pleated ruffle
Notes This dress was worn by Margaret Wickliffe Preston, daughter of Robert Wickliffe, Kentucky's largest slave owner. She and her husband, Robert, had five daughters: Mary Owen, Caroline Hannah, Margaret Wickliffe, Susan C. and Jesse Freemont and a son Robert.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Dress
Dresses
Skirts
Fashion
Gowns, Evening
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS