Dress - late 1830s to early 1840s Gold figured silk dress - internal padding, banded sleeves, hem is 6" wide, closure of 12 brass hooks and eyes and one metal snap, bodice is lined with brown cotton muslin and sleeves are lined with a finer cotton of the same brown. ATHM

Dress - late 1830s to early 1840s Gold figured silk dress - internal padding, banded sleeves, hem is 6" wide, closure of 12 brass hooks and eyes and one metal snap, bodice is lined with brown cotton muslin and sleeves are lined with a finer cotton of the same brown. ATHM

Dress, ca. 1880, American, silk, cotton, glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.219.2a, b

Dress, ca. 1880, American, silk, cotton, glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.219.2a, b

The late nineteenth century in fashion is governed by both the somewhat typical constructions of lace and silk eveningwear, and the fairly new and “modern” representations of women’s sport and travel clothing. While most intriguing are the avant-garde developments of the Bloomer pants and the many adaptations of the women’s riding habit, which incorporated menswear affectations into both its ornamentation and its construction, the women’s walking costume is one of

The late nineteenth century in fashion is governed by both the somewhat typical constructions of lace and silk eveningwear, and the fairly new and “modern” representations of women’s sport and travel clothing. While most intriguing are the avant-garde developments of the Bloomer pants and the many adaptations of the women’s riding habit, which incorporated menswear affectations into both its ornamentation and its construction, the women’s walking costume is one of

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