Iridescent maroon taffeta dress from the nineteenth century

1868

This woman's dress is of iridescent maroon taffeta. The three piece garment has a cut-away style bodice that is fitted, and reaches to the front waist. It has a long peplum on a separate belt, round shoulders, tight sleeves, and no collar. Black and red silk fringe runs down both sides of the bodice and across the back (simulating a collar) and around the edge of tail. The long full skirt has a train in back, and a cross hatch pattern around the bottom of the skirt that is made with black braid and beads. The black and red fringe that trims the bodice is also used around the hemline of the skirt.


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