In 1843 The World of Fashion commented on the low cut of evening gown bodices that might require a gathering of lace about two inches wide placed within the inside edge of the neckline. Deep lace collars, or berthas, were also quite popular. In the 1840s some silks exhibited dazzling displays of color and reflected light, thus creating what is still referred to as changeable silk. The full skirts of this era were supported by wearing numerous petticoats to create the dome-like fullness.
Place object was created: United States
silk damaskGift of an Anonymous donor in honor of Lyn Mack, Sandy Pettyjohn, Gail Light, and Kyra Swanson 2005.59.2
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH