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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1960.4
Maker Powell, Sarah Lane;Stephenson, Sarah
Date 1825
Material(s) Silk
Dimensions H-50 inches
Description This creme silk brocaded dress with pale rust colored stripes and zigzags of roses of pink, rust, and white. It has green and brown leaves that alternate with zig-zags of a creme vine with evenly spaced clusters of pink and purple leaves. The flat fitted bodice is fully lined, with a scooped neck with two tucks. The back of bodice has curved seams, center closure, hook & eye fasteners, and four decorative covered buttons. The short puffed sleeves have open pleats at the shoulder and at the arm band and end in narrow pale pink satin bands. It has a long skirt with narrow hem. The entire garment is fully lined, and the back of the skirt is pleated to the bodice.
Notes Old file notes say that this dress was worn by Sarah Louise Lane Powell (1806 - 11/27/1830) for a ball held in Shelbyville in honor of General Lafayette in May 1825 during his tour of the country. Sarah would have been around nineteen when she danced at the ball. In the same month she married Green Burr Powell (May 19, 1825) in Shelby County. The dress was made from her mother, Sarah Stephenson Lane's, trousseau dress, c. 1780-85. Sarah Stephenson was born in 1766 and died in 1826. She married Presley Carr Lane in 1785. The family's birth records from show that their children were all born in Centerville, Va in Fairfax County. Sarah Louisa Lane, the youngest, is listed as having been born there in 1808.

trousseau - trous┬Ěseau, n. [French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle. See truss.] The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.
Collection Frances Dale Cottongim Collection
Event Marquis de Lafayette Ball
People Powell, Sarah Lane
Stephenson, Sarah
Subjects Lafayette, Marquis de
Clothing & dress
Women's clothing
Ball dresses
Wedding costume
Search Terms Shelby County (Ky.)
Wedding dress
Ball gown
Shelbyville (Ky.)
Women's clothing
Centerville (Va.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS