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Object Name Dress
Catalog Number 1976.4.6ab
Date ca. 1889
Material(s) Silk; cotton
Dimensions H-64 W-45 inches
Description This is a cream silk skirt (B) and bodice (A). It has a tuck front bodice with thick pleated ruching collar which fastens at center front. The bodice comes to V at bottom at center front. The waist treatment is a triple pleated band. The back is shaped with curved seams. The set-in, full length sleeves are puffed from shoulder to elbow, fitted from elbow to wrist. There is a large droopy bow with long tails attached at center back the bodice is lined with brown cotton twill. The skirt is of the same fabric and is gathered in back, with thick pleats at sides and softly draped center front panel. It has an asymmetrical closing at right front and is fully lined with brown cotton.
Notes The donor said the items in this collection belonged to her mother's sister. When they passed away, the clothing was left to her mother. As a child the donor said she loved playing dress up and had a rich supply of clothing. Other family members gave the donor items over the years as they learned of her collecting interests. It is unclear who wore the clothing but a letter in the file indicates that the family lived in Kansas.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Dresses
Clothing & dress
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS