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Day dress, ca. 1820; warp-dyed silk taffeta, silk satin
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009.300.3370; from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Designated Purchase Fund, 1981
The pattern of trimming on the skirt of this gown is very simple - three padded rouleaux, made of a matching teal silk taffeta cut on the bias - but the bodice is more complex. The front and side front pieces of the bodice are cut on the bias, and their seams are overlaid with tightly-pleated panels mimicking the robings of eighteenth century dress. The shoulder pieces are also knife pleated towards the sleeve, and trimmed with the teal silk on the seams and in the center. The sleeves are simply trimmed at the cuff with two bias-cut bands of the dress silk, edged with piping in the same fabric, which the sleeves is gathered between.