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Visiting ensemble, American ca 1818, silk (Metropolitan Museum)

Visiting ensemble Date: ca. 1818 Culture: American Medium: silk Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1980 Accession Number: b

A dress that seems to step out of a Jane Austen novel combines the champagne-light coloring of spring with cream netting that buttresses décolletage and sheathes the sleeves. Similarly, abstracted leaf forms at hem and neckline make a subdued version, suitable to the Regency epoch, of a floral transfiguration

Dress Date: ca. 1820 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 50 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1984 Accession Number:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, item #1976.60.2a, b;  1820-23 silk visiting dress, american, Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, item b; silk visiting dress, american, Length at CB: 49 in.

Dress, Date: ca. 1820 Culture: American Medium: silk Moving steadily forward into the look of the 30s.

1820 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 50 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1984 Accession Number:

ca 1820, American, Silk. The Met: The puffed sleeves of this dress are an indication to the historicism in dress at the time. As a reinterpretation of 16th-century slashing, they make a statement about the Renaissance and the rebirth of artistic notions.

ca Metropolitan Museum of Art. The puffed silk sleeves and empire waist are an example of historicism in dresses of the time. The sleeve a reinterpretation of slashing and the empire waist from the statuary of recently discovery Greek ruins.

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