This summer day dress is wonderful as it is a middle class rendition of Parisian high fashion. Chances are it still would have been a Sunday best type of dress, but it is so rare to find antique clothing that normal people would have worn.
Bodice by Worth, 1880-85 Paris, Shelburne Museum Wouldn’t you love to be able to have seen the whole dress? I wonder if the rest of it is still out there?
Evening dress Design House: Rouff (French, Date: ca. 1895 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 52 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 29 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Ball gown Designer: Emile Pingat (French, active Date: ca. 1860 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969 Accession Number: b