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The fabric of this dress was most likely produced in England. The highly stylized floral motif possibly represents roses. The pattern mimics a type of design where the motif is meant to be blurred.
The hourglass silhouette of this dress is achieved by a tightly corseted waist. As many as six layers of petticoats would have been worn under the skirt to achieve fullness. The large puffed sleeves further accentuate the hourglass shape. These impractical and flamboyant sleeves were commonly known as gigot or leg-o-mutton, because of their similarity to sheep’s hind legs.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Spruill, Wyncote, Pennsylvania; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (December 1970).