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Reception dress, ca. 1880; silk, cotton, net
Norsk Folkemuseum NF.1935-0015
The two vertical rows of ruffles running down the front of the dress help emphasize the height and narrowness, but also give the impression of an eighteenth century gown worn open over a separate petticoat, with an elongated compere (buttoned stomacher). The elbow-length sleeves end in short ruffles, imitating those called “bonshommes” in the eighteenth century.