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Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this infant cap provides a strong example of how infant clothing followed adult fashion forms. Even in traditional baby garments such as christening gowns, which share the characteristics of color, material and shape throughout the decades, it is possible to date the garments based upon the surface decoration or cut of the bodice, which often resemble adult styles. In this particular piece, the visor-like brim closely relates to the current…

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Little boy's plaid wool suit with black silk velvet decoration and white cotton collar and cuffs, American, ca. 1860.

Calash Date: ca. 1790 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (31.8 x 52.1 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967 Accession Number: 2009.300.2889

1802- American example of early 19th century headwear, this bonnet typifies a classic high-style shape of the period. The rich velvet and silk ribbon used would perfectly suit a formal evening ensemble, as opposed to the lighter cottons and linens frequently used in day bonnets and caps.

Evening hat, 1905 Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hat Camille Roger Date: ca. 1895 Culture: French Medium: horsehair, straw, silk Dimensions: 5 x 15 1/2 in. (12.7 x 39.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967