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Afternoon/Visiting Ensemble (Bodice and Skirt with matching Hat and Muff)

American, 19th century

Created: circa 1880-1885
Materials:Bodice and skirt: floral patterned cut silk velvet and silk satin | Hat: floral patterned cut silk velvet, silk velvet and silk velvet ribbon | Muff: floral patterned cut silk velvet, silk velvet, silk satin, machine lace and silk velvet ribbon

The popular bustle silhouette of the 1880s presented skirts that ballooned out from the wearer’s back waistline and flowed gently to the lower hemline. The bustle effect was often created using steel frameworks or horsehair pads; while a complex arrangement of draperies over a foundation skirt allowed for even greater volume in this silhouette. Also popular was the fashion for asymmetrical drapery.

Gift of the Department of Theatre, Davidson College.
Accession Number: 2009.60.1.1-3