National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Child's Dress Child's Dress
Rendered by Joseph L. Boyd (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
overall: 44.6 x 36.3 cm (17 9/16 x 14 5/16 in.)
Index of American Design
Not on View
From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 18 of 26

This child's dress was made about 1860 in New Orleans. The fabric is blue and green plaid linen. It has velvet ribbon trimming and silk fringe. The lining is unbleached cotton.

Girls' clothing was patterned after adult styles. In most cases the length of the skirt was an indication of a girl's age; the shorter the skirt the younger the wearer.

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