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Silk wedding dress (front), American, 1851. This wedding dress presents a conundrum: some stylistic aspects of the dress appear to be later than 1851. While the bodice has very fashionable full size pagoda sleeves, which were a new shape in 1851, the skirt with bustle, train and ruffles at bottom is more consistent with the 1870s rather than the dome shape of the 1850s. While it is possible that the skirt was re-made for a later bride, there is no obvious indication of that being the case.
Wedding dress and petticoat, Britain, c 1851. Cotton muslin lined with linen, sleeves trimmed with bobbin lace. Victoria & Albert Museum.
Wedding Dress Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 58 in. (147.3 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969