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Object Name Dress, Wedding
Catalog Number 1980.1.1abc
Maker Unidentified Louisville dressmaker
Date 1876
Material(s) Silk
Description 1) A grey silk bodice, underskirt and overskirt make up the components for a wedding gown. The bodice has individual "scallops" along a stand up collar. It has slightly dropped shoulders and long sleeves. The cuffs are elaborate and turn back from scalloped edges like those at the collar. Each cuff is split with three crocheted buttons down both sides and a flat bow attached in the center of the split. The bodice is fitted with peplum at the bottom. The front closure is secured with crochet covered buttons. There is a band of gray silk just above the bodice hem. The hem is finished with gray silk cording. The back of the bodice is decorated with crocheted buttons and light gray cords in a cris-cross cross design. The cords end as two knotted tassels. In the back of the bodice, the bottom hem ends as long double pointed peplum. The bodice is partially lined.

2) The gray silk bustle overskirt has a self waistband with three pleats down each side and the back is gathered onto a drawstring. The front is decorated with two rows of crocheted buttons. The row on the proper right is only six buttons attached to a piece of pleated fabric at the side hem. The center row runs from hip to hem (16 buttons). The front of the overrskirt hem is cut on an inverse point pattern. Above the ruffle is a band of matching silk that runs front and back.

3) The underskirt is made of the same gray silk. It has a gathered waistband in the back and a gray silk ruffle around the bottom of skirt. There is gray cording along bottom edge of skirt. It has a brown polished cotton lining and heavy canvas false hem. The skirt has a pocket slit on the proper right with an enclosed interior.
Notes It was worn by Sallie Bagby during her December 12, 1876 marriage to Dr. Thomas R. Young in Ashland, KY. It was made by a Louisville dressmaker as a bridal gift from Bagby's aunts. The donor's were Bagby's granddaughters.
Collection Mrs. E.C. Wooton and Mrs. William Gibson Collection
People Bagby, Sally
Young, Thomas R.
Subjects Wedding clothing & dress
Wedding costume
Bridal gowns
Gowns, Wedding
Search Terms Ashland (Ky.)
Boyd County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS