Dress, two pieces, circa 1896. Voided velvet, black chiffon, purple. Striking voided velvet pattern with pomegranate design. Skirt is ribbed silk and bodice has gathered black chiffon cuffs, puffed sleeves, and pigeon breasted-blouse front that would persist in popularity into the early 1900s. Via Chester County (PA) Historical Society.
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Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society
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