Victorian Dress - Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice are believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in
The Story of Elizabeth Keckley, Former-Slave-Turned-Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Mary Todd Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice, believed to have been made by African-American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in (National Museum of American History)
A Polly gown! Lincoln wore it! Mary Lincoln wore this as an evening dress in and then later that century the original evening bodice (it’s the standard century two pieces) was replaced by the daytime bodice made from extra skirt fabric.
Wedding dress and mantle, Ensemble made by St. Matching velvet dolman Ornamented with satin bows and trimmed with fur and chenille fringe at the hem. The sleeves are ornamented with satin bows and hemmed with fur.
Frances Cleveland’s Evening Gown. Frances Cleveland wore this silk evening gown with fur-edged hem and black-satin-and-jet trim during her husband’s second administration. It was made by Baltimore dressmaker Lottie Barton.
Cases including the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets, Top Hat and Greatcoat from the night of the assassination. Items now on display as part of “Silent Witnesses” at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Photo by Gary Erskine.