Woman's 2-piece dress. Made of pleated sheer black silk fabric, with applied black silk satin ribbon. Ribbon stripes are vertical on the bodice and skirt, and horizontal on the sleeves. Bodice has a V neckline filled with an ivory lace insert and topped by a standing collar of ivory lace. Hook and eye closure at front, concealed by a sheer black fabric ruffle down the front of the bodice. Black silk satin sash attached to bodice at waist. Bodice is boned and has ivory satin lining. Sleeves are long and narrow, with ivory lace ruffles inside cuffs. Bodice has an interior waistband with a printed inscription: "E. Ballentine, / West Brighton, S.I." Straight skirt with 7 pleated horizontal ruffles in the lower portion, extending into the train. Skirt is gathered in back, and has back hook and eye closure. Skirt has black net lining in lower portion. This is considered a very typical dress for its time. Emma C. Ballentine was a dressmaker in West New Brighton, Staten Island.
(Keywords: Fashion, Monobosom, Dressmaker, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Mrs. Peyton K. Royal|
|Maker||Emma C. Ballentine|
|Subjects||Clothing & dress|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
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