Silk Dress with Flounce


Style: A simple flounce of self fabric, instead of the increasingly common contrasting trim, emphasizes the widening skirt on this mid-1820s dress.

Fabric: The use of a light-colored, rather formal-looking silk might suggest a dinner dress, but the high neckline makes it equally appropriate for day wear by a fashionable lady of leisure.

Silk brocade dress, mid-1820s, American or Canadian, 2015.11, Friends of the Museum Purchase; woolen shoes with silk rosettes, 1810s, private collection.