Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Flowers and dots and stripes, oh my!
Seriously. Make it bigger!
It's a dinner dress dated 1855-1859, at the Met. I've never seen anything quite like it before. I'd place it on the earlier end of the date spectrum because the bodice doesn't come to the pronounced point that had begun to emerge by 1859.
With such a busy fabric it could easily look cheap and tawdry. This seamstress was a master of her work. Too bad records of who made dresses like this don't exist.