Almost a “Wow.”

This lovely dress was originally going to be a Weekend Wow because the first image I saw was of the bodice detail. Unfortunately, the remaining photographs are not well-lit and the background it was photographed against washes out the colors even further. Such a shame. But it’s still too pretty not to share.

Note: The Kent State University Museum site states the dress is “18th C style” and that’s how it’s being described on Pinterest. I was baffled, since the design is classic 1840’s. However, the original catalog card states it was made of 18th century silk, not that it’s 18th century style. 5 demerits for such a whopping error.

1840-1849. American, attributed. 18th C style, silk brocaded with ribbon stripes and garlands, and flowers in blue, red and mauve, wide neck, cap sleeves, V front, full skirt (originally separate). Belt: trimmed with repeated bows.

Original catalog card: 1840s, Brocade evening dress of 18th C. silk. The silk ground of grey-green patterned with vertical ”ribbon” stripes of pink with weaving garlands of leaves and flowers in blue, red, and mauve. The bodice (A) with wide scoop neck, cap sleeves and high waist with V front. The skirt pleated into the bodice with a slight train (B). The belt of same brocade pleated and trimmed with repeated bows at center.