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Gray Silk Evening Bodice with Lace

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Dublin Core

Identifier

VC1992069

Title

Gray Silk Evening Bodice with Lace

Description

Grey silk evening bodice with lace sleeves and yoke'; grey-blue heavy silk, grey -t blue silk satin, metal boning (possibly plastic), cotton batting, lined w/ white polished cotton, lavender silk ribbon, cotton (?); black ribbon at cuffs; blue twisted cord Fitted, with boning, puffed shoulders with long lace sleeves; lace yoke up to collar; pointed bottom at front and at back; one waist dart; princess seam in back; bust padding Ruched satin detail along bust front and back with lavender ribbon applique; ruched ruffles at puffed sleeves with blue cord detail; Cream buttons at back of lace yoke; laces up at CB (no laces currently); sectioned lace sleeves with black ribbon threaded through cuff tied in bow;

Date

1855-1865

Subject

Clothing and dress

Extent

36 inches (chest), 23 inches (waist), 18 inches (center front length), 21 inches (center back length), other measurements: Sleeves = 24.5

Medium

cotton
metal
silk

Type

Physical Object

Temporal Coverage

1850s
1860s

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Rights Holder

© Vassar College Costume Collection. Images in this collection may be used for teaching, classroom presentation, and research purposes only. For other reuse, reproduction and publication of these images, contact costumeshop@vassar.edu.

Costume Item Type Metadata

Source Identifier

VC1992069

Cataloguer with Date

Arden Kirkland 4/18/1993 Margaret Thompson, Molly Turpin 3/3/2010

Color Main

gray

Dimensions Chest

36

Dimensions Waist

23

Dimensions CF Length

18

Dimensions CB Length

21

Dimensions Other

Sleeves = 24.5

Dimensions All

36 inches (chest), 23 inches (waist), 18 inches (center front length), 21 inches (center back length), other measurements: Sleeves = 24.5

Label

accession label sewn in

References

mcCellan, 229 (1854), 249 91862) 1860-1940 Arnold, 22 (1861-4) Bomher/, 361 (1846) Collard, 16 Cost Inst.: 1985.20.3a (1856), c147.64.1c (early 1860's), c163.231a (1860), c154.32.3a (1855)

Date Earliest

1855

Date Latest

1865

Gender

womenswear

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Tops

Exhibitions

Vassar Girls and Other Women

Public Information

The interest of this bodice, at least for the purpose of this study, lies in its attempts at modesty. While the main portion of the bodice suggests a very low neckline and very short sleeves, the potential immodesty of these aspects is prevented by the addition of an inset of ivory net and lace at the neckline and of ivory net full length sleeves, which are separated into five poufs by strips of ivory lace trim. Such attempts at concealment may have been the response to an authority figure's view' of modesty, as was the case for many Vassar students in response to the edicts of the first Lady Principal Miss Lyman: 'The Lady Principal's ideas concerning dress, which would now seem extravagantly puritanical, were held by many in her day. She considered certain fashions not so much immoral as unmoral, and issued stringent regulations concerning bodices. Low neck and short sleeves were prohibited although most young girls then wore afternoon or party gowns made in this fashion. Frequently a girl would obey the letter and evade the spirit. At the evening concerts given by the musical department, the soloists would advance to the front of the rostrum, their arms covered with sleeves of such transparent net, that at a short distance they could perceive the sharpest vision,' (Mary Harriot Norris in The Golden Age of Vasssr, Poughkeepsie; Vassar College. 1915 pp.31-2).

Condition Term

good

Condition

inner tape at waistline has frayed, only several separate pieces remain some yellow/brown discoloring in net/lace yoke? varied small holes in heavy silk; some abrasion on cord; heavy discoloration of lace some for grey satin; heavy discoloration of interior; laces for back closure missing

Storage Location

E3

Repository

Vassar College Costume Collection, Drama Department, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

Exhibition Notes

20 grey silk faille evening bodice, 1855-1865 1992.69 The interest of this bodice, at least for the purpose of this study, lies in its attempts at modesty. While the main portion of the bodice suggests a very low neckline and very short sleeves, the potential immodesty of these aspects is prevented by the addition of an inset of ivory net and lace at the neckline and of ivory net full length sleeves, which are separated into five poufs by strips of ivory lace trim. Such attempts at concealment may have been the response to an authority figure's view' of modesty, as was the case for many Vassar students in response to the edicts of the first Lady Principal Miss Lyman: 'The Lady Principal's ideas concerning dress, which would now seem extravagantly puritanical, were held by many in her day. She considered certain fashions not so much immoral as unmoral, and issued stringent regulations concerning bodices. Low neck and short sleeves were prohibited although most young girls then wore afternoon or party gowns made in this fashion. Frequently a girl would obey the letter and evade the spirit. At the evening concerts given by the musical department, the soloists would advance to the front of the rostrum, their arms covered with sleeves of such transparent net, that at a short distance they could perceive the sharpest vision,' (Mary Harriot Norris in The Golden Age of Vasssr, Poughkeepsie; Vassar College. 1915 pp.31-2).

Work Type

bodice
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