Embroidered white cotton dress, early 1820s. This dainty dress anticipates the change from the Neoclassical to the Romantic period. The waist is still high as in the Empire style, but the skirt is flared and fuller in our dress. The bodice and sleeves have alternating rows of sheer ruched cotton mull and hand-embroidered eyelet. Bands of eyelet alternating with rows of trapunto cording form a wide hem border both decorative and functional.
American Federal White Mull Dress of Indian Fabric Circa Early 19th Century. White Mull Embroidered with Silver in a powder of alternating dots and stars; short, high-waisted bodice; short, full sleeves; all fullness of skirt gathered to back. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.