National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Visiting Dress Visiting Dress
Rendered by Nancy Crimi (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 45.7 x 36.6 cm (18 x 14 7/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 24 of 26

This "visiting dress," dated 1883, is made of wool. It is constructed of multiple pieces. The waist has eight fitted parts, six in back and two in front. The overskirt is draped from the bustle at the back where it falls in a train. The vest, cuffs, and ruffle around the bottom of the skirt are of red velvet.

Complicated designs were common for dresses in the mid-1880s. The introduction and development of the sewing machine made construction of dresses with intricate patterns possible.

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