Livingston Family Wedding Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Livingston Family Wedding Dress

Creator: Catherine Donovan

Date: 1877-1879

Description: This is a cream satin wedding dress from the late 1870s with lace, faux flowers, and faux pearl details. The faux flowers adorn the neckline, each sleeve, and the front of the skirt bordering a pleated center panel. The lace is found at the cuff of each sleeve as well as the neckline, the back of which is adorned with the pearls. There are satin ribbons wrapped around each cuff and tied into a bow. The bodice and skirt are separate at the front, where the bodice laces closed, and there is a hook and eye closure at the center back of the skirt and at the ends of a ribbon attached to the bodice lining where the maker information is stamped. The back of the skirt features a 17.5"bustle at center back of the waistline and the fabric below is pleated down to the hem of the train. The entire hem of the skirt features two layers of accordion pleated satin. There are layers and layers of lace and ruffles lining the train and the ? makes up the rest of the skirt's lining. The bodice is lined in ?? The cream muslin petticoat has panels of lace with a bow pattern along the bottom half, a mint green ribbon fed through a channel created with the first panel of lace, and a grosgrain ribbon side closure.

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2021026

Title

Livingston Family Wedding Dress

Description

This is a cream satin wedding dress from the late 1870s with lace, faux flowers, and faux pearl details. The faux flowers adorn the neckline, each sleeve, and the front of the skirt bordering a pleated center panel. The lace is found at the cuff of each sleeve as well as the neckline, the back of which is adorned with the pearls. There are satin ribbons wrapped around each cuff and tied into a bow. The bodice and skirt are separate at the front, where the bodice laces closed, and there is a hook and eye closure at the center back of the skirt and at the ends of a ribbon attached to the bodice lining where the maker information is stamped. The back of the skirt features a 17.5"bustle at center back of the waistline and the fabric below is pleated down to the hem of the train. The entire hem of the skirt features two layers of accordion pleated satin. There are layers and layers of lace and ruffles lining the train and the ? makes up the rest of the skirt's lining. The bodice is lined in ?? The cream muslin petticoat has panels of lace with a bow pattern along the bottom half, a mint green ribbon fed through a channel created with the first panel of lace, and a grosgrain ribbon side closure.

Date

1877-1879

Subject

Clothing and Dress

Extent

Dress (a): 29 inches (bust), 18 inches (waist), 46 inches (center front length), 90.5 inches (center back length), 197 inches (hem circumference), 5.5 (armpit to waist), 29 inches (skirt waist), 13 inches (sleeve), 44 inches (faux flower trim length); Petticoat (b): 31 inches (waist), 37.25 inches (center front length), 38 inches (center back length), 148 inches (outer hem circumference), 102.5 inches (inner hem circumference), 31 inches (waist drawstring), 45.25 inches (green ribbon length), 57.5 inches (ribbon casing circumference); Stocking 1 (darker) (c): 8.5 inches (heel to toe), 26 inches (heel to top), 30 inches (front length total); Stocking 2 (d): 8.5 inches (heel to toe), 26 inches (heel to top), 9.5 inches (top circumference)

Type

Physical Object

Temporal Coverage

Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Mahalia Hunter, 2021-09-30

Color Main

Color Secondary

Dress Type

Waistline

Skirt Type

Costume Components

Chest

29

Waist

18

Center Front Length

46

Center Back Length

90.5

Hem Circumference

197

Underarm to Waist

5.5

Measurements Other

29 inches (skirt waist), 13 inches (sleeve), 44 inches (faux flower trim length)

All Measurements

Dress (a): 29 inches (bust), 18 inches (waist), 46 inches (center front length), 90.5 inches (center back length), 197 inches (hem circumference), 5.5 (armpit to waist), 29 inches (skirt waist), 13 inches (sleeve), 44 inches (faux flower trim length); Petticoat (b): 31 inches (waist), 37.25 inches (center front length), 38 inches (center back length), 148 inches (outer hem circumference), 102.5 inches (inner hem circumference), 31 inches (waist drawstring), 45.25 inches (green ribbon length), 57.5 inches (ribbon casing circumference); Stocking 1 (darker) (c): 8.5 inches (heel to toe), 26 inches (heel to top), 30 inches (front length total); Stocking 2 (d): 8.5 inches (heel to toe), 26 inches (heel to top), 9.5 inches (top circumference)

Label

"Mrs. C. Donovan, 313 5th Avenue" On the ribbon with closure attached to bodice lining. Very worn away, third line is illegible.

Donor

Laura M. Livingston

Date Earliest

1877

Date Latest

1879

Gender

Classification

clothing

Category

Function

Life Stages

Socio-Economic Class

Public Information

Catherine Donovan was one of the most prolific designers and clothing distributors of New York City high society in the late 19th century. This dress, from her 5th Avenue location, was worn by Emeline Livingston for her 1877 wedding.

Condition Description

There are small stains, holes, and loose stitches throughout the gown, as well as larger areas of faint staining.

Storage Location

O10

Work Type

Citation

Catherine Donovan, “Livingston Family Wedding Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed April 14, 2024, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/6439.