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Embroidered cotton muslin evening dress (side view), American, 1809-10. Fine Indian muslin used in the Empire period was manufactured and embroidered in India and exported to Europe and America. The finest and most sheer cottons were coveted because for these qualities. The embroidery on this dress is beautifully configured within the lines of the gown, most notably the way the lattice pattern is completed over the seam at front and the leaf pattern appears at intervals.

American evening dress made of Indian muslin circa Note the shaping of the dress. Little gathering in front, lots of gathering in the back. From collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Simple yet lovely cotton American evening dress, ca.  Gift of George V. Masselos, in memory of Grace Ziebarth, 1976 Accession Number: 1976.142.1 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Simple yet lovely cotton American evening dress, ca. Gift of George V. Masselos, in memory of Grace Ziebarth, 1976 Accession Number: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress/Underdress (image 1) | American | 1810 | cotton | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession #: 1980.171.1

Underdress Date: ca. 1810 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length (from shoulder): 54 in. cm) Credit Line: The Jacqueline Loewe Fowler Costume Collection, Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 1980 Accession Number:

Dress Date: ca. 1810 Culture: American Medium: cotton, wool

Dress Date: ca. 1810 Culture: American Medium: cotton, wool Dimensions: Credit Line: Bequest of Maria P.

1815 Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress Date: ca. 1815 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 54 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Colle.

Dress  1810  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress Date: 1810 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 79 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1987 Accession Number:

1780s open robe; The quintessential and revolutionary Neoclassical style: the Empire waist; wide, open neckline; and a small back train. The peerless Directoire dress is covered with opaque white Bohemian glass bugle beads.

The quintessential and revolutionary Neoclassical style: the Empire waist; and a small back train. The peerless Directoire dress is covered with opaque white Bohemian glass bugle beads.

1800 - 1806, Cotton, Linen  In Nancy Bradfield's Costume in Detail pp. 87-88

Snowshill Manor © National Trust / Simon Harris Category Costume Date 1800 - 1806 Materials Cotton, Linen

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