Pink Patterned Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Pink Patterned Dress

Date: 1903 (circa)

Description: pink patterned top, skirt, and collar; Pink and cream printed treated silk, pink silk front facing, cotton muslin ruffle at hem, cotton lace floral applique, grosgrain synthetic ribbon as waist tape, metal hook-and-eye closures; linen lining of collar. Fitted silhouette, no boning, seems to pre-date aesthetic dress, but has pleating at front which adds volume, bishop sleeves gathered in at tier, sleeve has 5.5'in cuff, detached high standing collar with boning wire, pintucks down center back (6), floral lace applique down center front and around cuffs and collar, pink front facing down center front; center front hook-and-eye closures; pink pleats at collar with applique. Pintucks where tiers of sleeve meet pink patterned top, skirt, and collar, full skirt in pink printed fabric with longer back with train at back, two tiers of ruffles with ruching at tops of ruffles .

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2001074

Title

Pink Patterned Dress

Alternative Title

Pink Patterned Day Ensemble

Description

pink patterned top, skirt, and collar; Pink and cream printed treated silk, pink silk front facing, cotton muslin ruffle at hem, cotton lace floral applique, grosgrain synthetic ribbon as waist tape, metal hook-and-eye closures; linen lining of collar. Fitted silhouette, no boning, seems to pre-date aesthetic dress, but has pleating at front which adds volume, bishop sleeves gathered in at tier, sleeve has 5.5'in cuff, detached high standing collar with boning wire, pintucks down center back (6), floral lace applique down center front and around cuffs and collar, pink front facing down center front; center front hook-and-eye closures; pink pleats at collar with applique. Pintucks where tiers of sleeve meet pink patterned top, skirt, and collar, full skirt in pink printed fabric with longer back with train at back, two tiers of ruffles with ruching at tops of ruffles .

Date

1903 (circa)

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

42 inches (chest), 20 inches (waist), 60 inches (center front length), 63.25 inches (center back length), other measurements: Skirt: Waist: 20 ; CF: 39; CB: 44; Ruffle length: 6 3/4

Bodice: CF: 21; CB: 19 1/4; Waist: 24 ; Sleeve inseam: 19; Collar length: 13 ; Collar width: 2 1/4

Type

Physical Object

Temporal Coverage

Rights

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Rights Holder

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Costume Item Type Metadata

Cataloguer with Date

Candace Shuster, Sharon Scobel, Emily Leimkuhler, Molly Turpin; Hilde Wulf and Taylor Bowen 05/12/2014

Color Main

Chest

42

Waist

20

Center Front Length

60

Center Back Length

63.25

Measurements Other

Skirt: Waist: 20 ; CF: 39; CB: 44; Ruffle length: 6 3/4

Bodice: CF: 21; CB: 19 1/4; Waist: 24 ; Sleeve inseam: 19; Collar length: 13 ; Collar width: 2 1/4

All Measurements

42 inches (chest), 20 inches (waist), 60 inches (center front length), 63.25 inches (center back length), other measurements: Skirt: Waist: 20 ; CF: 39; CB: 44; Ruffle length: 6 3/4

Bodice: CF: 21; CB: 19 1/4; Waist: 24 ; Sleeve inseam: 19; Collar length: 13 ; Collar width: 2 1/4

Date Earliest

1898

Date Latest

1908

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Function

Condition Term

good

Condition Description

Skirt: waistband is in poor condition, but rest of skirt in great condition ; loose closure on skirt

Day Jacket: Great condition; minor seam issues; tearing near collar Yellowing and abrasion of linen around collar interior, yellowing lace applique, yellowing muslin, some shattering under sleeve, near neck, underarms, tear/shattering in back; possibly made as a costume; severe shattering at waist of skirt, some stains and creases.

Needs mannequin

Needs foundation garments

Treatment

See treatment report for work done to stabilize this garment as a part of the Historic Costume Preservation Workshop in 2010. On October 26, 2015, Arden Kirkland, Alexandra Figler, and Lily Shell prepared this dress to be mounted on a mannequin for display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Lily Shell stabilized a section of tucks on the right front shoulder of the bodice, which had come undone, by stitching with hair silk and a beading needle in a simple running stitch.

Mannequin

Carol

Storage Location

K5

Exhibition Notes

This is a three-piece garment, skirt, bodice and collar. It has been identified as a ladies afternoon ensemble circa 1903. Women would have worn ensembles such as this in the afternoon to receive visitors, or go out visiting. This ensemble is made of a printed silk, with cotton Cluny lace trim. The outfit is hand-made, and most likely was owned and worn by a woman from a middle-class family. Privileged classes at this time would most likely have clothing made for them by a dressmaker, or would buy factory made wear. A less fortunate family would not have had such an expensive fabric with which to work, since the import of silk during this time was still expensive.
This piece had a few large areas of loss that needed to be stabilized. We began by using a seam ripper to remove seams along the skirt placket to obtain pieces of the original fabric for patching. The fabric from the placket looked almost new where it wasn't damaged by light or other sources-the actual colors were very bright. Using a piece of plain pink fabric for the stabilization patch, and then a piece from the original placket fabric we carefully sewed the original fabric onto the patch fabric, and then the patch onto the back of the neck on the inside of the bodice. We then moved onto the other loss areas, and continued along in the same pattern with the bodice, and then the skirt.
Researched by Candace Schuster
Stabilized by Candace Schuster and Margaret Thompson ‘10

Work Type

Pattern

Citation

“Pink Patterned Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed April 14, 2024, https://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/915.

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