dress

 
Nationality
American
Creation date
Materials
wool, silk, cotton, metal, plastic
Dimensions
center front length: 53 in. (including collar) center back length: 57 in. (including collar) bust: 30 in. waist: 21 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Amy Curtiss Davidoff
Accession number
2007.76
Collection
Not Currently On View

This deep blue dress with a repeated pattern of gathered spiria and mock orange flowers is a product of changing times. Advances in the textile industry made producing extravagant fabrics easier than ever. An increased availability of dyes also offered a greater range of colors. This intricate floral design was printed on a challis (pronounced shalee) ground.

The hoop crinoline (invented in 1850) replaced layers of petticoats, providing women ease of movement, while further expanding the full, round silhouette, stylish at the time. The largest circumference of hoops measured up to four yards. It is said that skirts were so wide, that fashionably dressed women could no longer fit through doorways.

eBay auction, sold by Time Travelers Antiques, run by Glenn & Gail Sitterly, Fayetteville, PA; purchased by Amy Davidoff, Indianapolis, IN, 26 May 2003; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art 2007.
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