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Jet-beaded burgundy silk velvet carriage dress (back, with dolman and muff), by Mme. Uoll Gross, American, ca. 1885. This dress was designed to be worn in an open top carriage which, at the time, was a social event and everyone had to dress the part. Part of ensemble with matching dolman coat, small muff, and hat with ostrich feathers and geometric jet decoration.
Walking ensemble Date: 1887–88 Culture: American or European Medium: silk, glass Accession Number: 1978.295.10a–c The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: ca. 1885 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic, jet, feather Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 24 in. (61 cm) Length at CB (b): 42 in. (106.7 cm) Length at CF (c): 39 in. (99.1 cm) 6 x 9 in. (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Edith Gardiner, 1926
ca 1885: Clothing requirements for most sporting remained strict towards retaining foundation garments such as corsets and bustle, which were thought to stabilize women's frail and weak forms. This example would have been worn for tennis, yachting or general seaside walking.