Dress, ca. 1878-1883. Silk satin and voided velvet. McCord Museum, Montreal
This 1882 young lady's Theatre or Ball Costume is made of light colors. The body is pointed in front and forms a coat tail behind. It is trimmed with bows and ends, which start from under the pockets. The overskirt is well draped and edged by a brown balayeuse. This Victorian dress is made with 7 yards of silk; 7 yards of satin; and 12 yards of lace for the trimming of the neck. The Victorian dress is finished with 12 buttons.
1876 ___ Spring/Summer informal afternoon dress ___ sheer, white cotton gauze, overlaid onto brushed cotton, edged with handmade "flowered" needlelace ___ The bustling on the rear is all attached to the undercarriage, and begins the bustling at behind the knees (not behind the waistband, the sign of the Natural Form gown) and uses no bustle, but has many inner suspended tapes made to adjust the inner bustling. ___ photo 1
This design was displayed in the window of the 19th century Brooklyn department store Loeser’s for its 50th anniversary, thereby placing it as an example of what the store considered fine design and construction output for the time. This particular example was worn by the donor’s mother on her 25th anniversary, showing its appeal for ceremonial occasions probably due to the historicism represented in the scalloped hemline and Medici style collar.