National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Dress Dress
Rendered by Julie C. Brush (artist), c. 1938
pen and ink on paper
overall: 37.2 x 27.8 cm (14 5/8 x 10 15/16 in.)
Index of American Design
Not on View
From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 25 of 26

While the bustle continued to be fashionable into the 1890s, a new style, called the "hourglass look," began to emerge. In this dress, dated about 1893, the hourglass effect of a narrow waist was achieved by padding the hips and widening the shoulders. The balloon sleeves and ruffles seen here are silk. The decorative band at the bottom of the skirt is embroidered black velvet.

The designs of Charles Frederick Worth in Paris were enormously influential at this time, owing to fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Godey's Lady's Book, and Peterson's. These publications brought fashion news from home and abroad to communities throughout the country.

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