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Afternoon Ensemble (Bodice, Skirt, Overskirt, Coat, unfinished 2nd Bodice)

circa 1860

(, - present)

In the 1860s, the fullness of the skirt moved to the rear of the dress with this volume of fabric supported by bustle pads, wire mesh frameworks or cage bustles. This afternoon ensemble includes a matching cool weather jacket lined in wool fleece, a short-waisted bodice, a bustled overskirt with a slight train, and an underskirt with a flat front and full back. The unique triangular-shaped large pocket on the overskirt is called a "parasol pocket" although it is a true pocket and was not intended to hold a lady's parasol. This ensemble also has a matching pair of elaborate sleeves, possibly intended for an evening bodice that was never realized.

silk faille, silk velvet, polished cotton

Museum Purchase: Exchange Funds from the Gift of Mrs. Ashlyn L. Cannon 2005.36.1A-E

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