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Object Name Bodice
Catalog Number 1976.1.21
Maker Bannon, Mary
Date ca. 1890
Material(s) Silk/Feather
Dimensions H-18 W-28 inches
Description This bodice (A) is made of a light green satin brocade with cream and pink flowers. The bodice has a scoop low neck with heavy lace and leg-o-mutton three quarter length sleeves. The cuffs and waist both have satin ribbon edging. There is a satin bow at the left shoulder and a bow at the left waist with an oval shaped rhinestone brooch. There is a silk lining and corset like ties with hooks and eyes.
This skirt (B) is made of a light green satin brocade with a pink design. There is an inset of elaborate beige lace with a net bow and flower design with blue ostrich feathers at the bottom hem. The skirt has a very full and long train in the back. The skirt is lined with silk.
Notes This dress belonged to Olivia Procter Benedict (1868-1959). She married Rev. Cleveland Benedict. Mary Bannon is an important figure in the Cincinnati dressmaking community. The Cincinnati Art Museum has documented evidence from the Dun and Co. credit ledgers that she traveled to New York City to purchase fabrics and view the latest fashions.

Olivia was the granddaughter of William Procter, co-founder of the Procter & Gamble
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Bannon, Mary
Benedict, Olivia Procter
Procter, Olivia
Subjects Dress maker
Clothing & dress
Formal gowns
Dress designers
Search Terms Women
Women's clothing
Dress makers
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS