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Day Dress


North America

This day outfit, from the late bustle era, was worn by Kate Morris Cone, a student in the first graduating class of Smith College in 1879. The fawn wool bodice is cut in a “tailor-made” style, tightly fitted with an obvious CF button closure, long cuffed sleeves and an elaborate tail, all to suggest a man’s tail coat. These details are in contrast with the lace trim at the collar and cuffs, the three large purple bows on the wool swags and the three rows of narrow box pleats all around the skirt hem. The foundation skirt is made in a watered silk taffeta. It would be worn over a separate cage bustle. This combination of different colors and fabrics is popular at this time. (X)

Smith College Historic Costume Collection

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