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Object Name Dress
Alternate Name Grecian Gown
Date ca. 1795-1800
Description Woman's Grecian or Empire style dress. Handsewn, tamboured white Indian cotton muslin. Bodice is lined with linen and has narrow sleeves, low drawstring neckline and high waist with front drawstring closure. Skirt has horizontal pleat in front, 6 inches above hem. Pocket slits on both sides. Back is pieced and deeply pleated, with a short train. Tamboured muslin was embroidered on a frame, with chain stitches made by passing a fine hook through the fabric. This example shows some drawn thread work at the centers of tambour flowers.
(Keywords: Fashion, Early American, Empire, Greek Revival, Regency, Historicism, New York)
Acquisition From Mrs. Victor Garrett
Ownership and History From the Garrett family of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1795
Latest Date 1800
Subjects Clothing & dress
Embroidery
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Catalog Number C01.2103
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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