day dress

Design House
Creation date
silk, silk velvet
Mark Descriptions
G. Giuseffi L. T. Company, St. Louis, MO.
Credit line
Gift of Carolyn Garrigues Scofield in memory of her grandmother Caroline Burford Danner
Accession number
Not Currently On View

The appliquéd and cutout stylized flowers—either peonies or plum blossoms—are drawn in an Art Nouveau style, which was prevalent from 1890 to 1914. The dramatic sleeve silhouette along with the great amount of ruching and hand pin tucking throughout the bodice and skirt make this a very expensive garment, perhaps part of a trousseau.

The period from 1900 until the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was an era of beautiful, extravagant, and ultra-feminine clothes. The high-collared bodice and the soft, draping trained skirt were worn over an S-shaped corset. The corset pushed the bust forward and the hips backward, creating an S-curve in the silhouette of the body.

Caroline Burford Danner {1}, Indianapolis; through Carolyn Garrigues Scofield, Rhode Island; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (1986).
{1} Caroline Burford Danner is the grandmother of Carolyn Garrigues Scofield
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