Sacque gown a la Piedmontese, ca. Italy, plain cream ribbed silk, metallic and silk embroidery. Metallic lace borders all the embroidery elements, with additional spangles adding even more sparkle to the design.
Despite their apparently rigid construction, century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers.
Wedding dress--Date: 1884 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 15 in. cm) (b) Length at CB: 75 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Tibbett, 1958 Accession Number: b