During the period of 1800-1820, the silhouette in women's fashions reflected inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. A low round neckline and a high waistline combined with a slim skirt gathered below the bust formed the popular silhouette that is now referred to as the Empire style.
Mull is sheer, finely woven cotton fabric and was a popular choice for the elegant yet simply cut dresses of the early 19th century. White dresses suggested a higher social status as the fabric was easily soiled and required attention in cleaning. Understandably, embroidered white fabrics also commanded a higher price.
Place object was created: United States
cotton, cotton threadMuseum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2009.33.2a-b
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH