The Museum of Historical Costume

Summer dress of the 1840s

Dress is made of bright cotton with tiny pink flowers. Bodice is gathered on the front and slightly on the back, where the buttoning is placed.

The skirt is cartridge pleated and has no other decoration than few tucks. Dress has double short sleeves trimmed with lace. Dresses of this period are shaped by many layers of petticoats starched or corded. In use are first horsehair petticoats that soon will be replaced by crinoline.

Extant antique dress.